Since the beginning of the War on Drugs, the number of women in U.S. prisons has grown drastically. The majority are mothers.

Three unforgettable formerly incarcerated mothers, jailed for drug-related charges, fight to overcome alienation—and a society that labels them “felons”—to readjust to life with their families.

Join us for our next Indie Lens Pop Up screening sponsored by WHRO Public Media's Emerging Leaders Board.

Thursday, February 17 | 6:30 p.m.
*Note: This screening will be virtual. All registrants will receive a link to the event.
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Filmed over three and a half years from their lives inside prison to the year following their release, Redfearn follows three young mothers in Cleveland, Ohio—Lydia, Tomika and Amanda— caught between harsh drug sentencing and rising incarceration for women. This intimate portrait examines the impact of America’s war on drugs through three mothers attempting to rebuild lives derailed by drugs and prison. As Tomika, Lydia, and Amanda prepare to rejoin their families after years of incarceration, they enter an innovative prison program in Cleveland, Ohio where they lean on each other and mentors who have also been in prison. With the hope of redemption on the horizon, the women work to regain the trust of their children and combat stigmas associated with people who have been incarcerated.

Soon after working through the program and earning regular visits with their loved ones, Lydia, Tomika and Amanda begin to see the promise of reunion and redemption. An ultimately hopeful portrait, Apart not only explores the hardships incarcerated mothers face as they prepare to rejoin their families, but also the obstacles they encounter post-prison as they navigate looking for jobs, finding housing and reconnecting with their children.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.