US | 2020 | 86 minutes | Color | DVD | English | Order No. W221290 |
Against the backdrop of a Midwestern state battling industrial decline, an opioid epidemic, and rising incarceration rates, APART offers an intimate portrait of three women who return home from prison and rebuild their lives after being separated from their children for years.
"A powerful portrait of human resilience, APART is both a devastating conversation-starter about a prison system convicting women at double the rate of men and an opioid epidemic that threatens to ruin an entire class of Americans, all while having a backbone of hope thanks to the enthralling portraits painted by director Redfearn."
"Powerfully personal story"
"Puts a humanizing face on a population often badly stereotyped as only volatile and dangerous."
"Explores themes of redemption and hope and regaining trust with one's families and communities to rebuild lives and combat stigmas"
"An intimate portrait of motherhood from behind prison walls"
"A touching portrait of enduring motherhood and earned second chances."
"...What makes a movie like Apart so rare then, is that women both in and then outside the system tell you what it’s like in real time - and offer a story of success, drive, creativity, and shared support."
SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
- People's Choice Award, Zonta Film Festival
- Full Frame Documentary Festival
- Human Rights Watch Film Festival
- Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
- Cleveland International Film Festival
- Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival
- Mountainfilm Film Festival
- Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival
Jennifer Redfearn is an Oscar nominated director with a filmmaking style that the press has called “engrossing,” “beautifully cinematic” and “intensely human.” She directed SUN COME UP, about a small island community losing their land to rising seas. SUN COME UP was nominated for an Academy Award and screened in theaters across the U.S. Her previous ITVS co-production, TOCANDO LA LUZ (TOUCH THE LIGHT), an intimate story about three blind women from Havana, Cuba, premiered at Full Frame where it won the Charles E. Guggenheim Award. Jennifer was also a field producer, consulting producer and additional cameraperson on the SXSW audience award winner LANDFILL HARMONIC. She has produced and edited over ten short films, and she has produced television documentaries for PBS, HBO, National Geographic, CNN, and the Discovery Channel. Jennifer Redfearn is the director of the documentary program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
Director/Producer: Jennifer Redfearn
Producer/Director of Photography: Tim Metzger
Editors: Rabab Haj Yahya, Francisco Bello A.C.E.
Francisco Bello, Editor
Original Music: Morgan Kibby
Executive Producers: Patty Quillin, Sally Jo Fifer & Lois Vossen
Broadcaster: Independent Lens
A Co-Production of ITVS. Additional funding by The Cleveland Foundation, IDA, Tribeca Film Institute, LEF Foundation, Good Gravy Films, and the Meadow Fund.