A feature documentary Film 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
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.
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!
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.
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY NANCE ACKERMAN & ARIELLA PAHLKE & TERESA MACINNES
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY NANCE ACKERMAN EDITED BY NANCE ACKERMAN & TERESA MACINNES
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY JUDITH GRUBER-STITZER LOCATION SOUND BY ARIELLA PAHLKE
PRODUCED BY TERESA MACINNES AND ANNETTE CLARKE
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 association with Société Radio-Canada and with the assistance of the
Nova Scotia Production Incentive & the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.