Feature documentary film
DIRECTED BY: Nance Ackerman
PRODUCED BY: Teresa MacInnes
A Sea to Sea Production in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada, in association with documentary Channel, with the participation of Canada Media Fund, in collaboration with Société Radio-Canada and with the support of the Nova Scotia Production Incentive.
While the number of women in prison rises dramatically worldwide, three Canadian filmmakers embark on a unique collaboration with women on the inside – to imagine what they would have needed in their lives to avoid incarceration. They paint, photograph, storyboard and sing. They share cameras and microphones.
They envision a more ideal world – authoring their own narratives, and societal solutions, through art.
The results are heart-wrenching, telling and inspiring.
Enter Senator Kim Pate. Her thirty-year career as a prison advocate with Elizabeth Fry, is driven by her passion and a conviction that present-day systems of punishment need to be dismantled and replaced with effective support within the community. She works with the women inside – and with the filmmakers – to explore radical alternative approaches
to incarcerating society's most vulnerable.