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a feature documentary
collaboration

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A documentary Film experience that envisions alternatives to prison through the eyes of women behind bars and those fighting on the front lines of the decarceration movement.  

Three filmmakers collaborate with women on the inside to imagine what they would have needed in their lives to avoid incarceration. They paint, draw, photograph and film, envisioning a more ideal world, authoring their own narratives through art. They join advocates and politicians in a worldwide movement questioning the ideas of punishment and prison. 

The results are provocative and inspirational
 

ABOUT

Find out the history behind the idea of Conviction – where it all started three years ago and why the history of punishment, Kim Pate, Ashley Smith, and Canada's role in corrections reform all play a part. Get behind the scenes of the creation of the film inside Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility and Nova Institution for Women. 

Creators

Meet our team of filmmakers and collaborating creators from inside two of Canada's prisons in Nova Scotia. This film is a unique creative collaboration with amazingly talented, articulate and brave women who not only tell their stories, but more importantly try to find their own solutions to society's shortcomings. Prepare to be inspired!

ENGAGE

Want to find out more about the Elizabeth Fry Society and their work?  Or do more to help stem the tide of incarcerating our most vulnerable? Maybe help change society's mindset towards incarceration and punishment? Check out our ENGAGE page where you can learn, write, tweet, call and even march to get these issues to the forefront.

CONVICTION HAS BEEN OVER TWO YEARS IN THE MAKING AND HAS MOVED INTO THE EDIT SUITE! 

DIRECTED BY NANCE ACKERMAN AND ARIELLA PAHLKE
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY NANCE ACKERMAN EDITED BY RICARDO ACOSTA
WRITTEN BY TERESA MACINNES AND ARIELLA PAHLKE
PRODUCED BY TERESA MACINNES AND ANNETTE CLARKE
Produced by Conviction Pictures 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