Mothers of Bedford
US | 2011 | 96 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. 131109
3 1/2 stars..."Offering a thought-provoking look at an effective social program, this is recommended."
"Confronts crucial issues facing the American criminal justice system. . . . also demonstrates . . . the courageous steps toward redemption taken by the MOTHERS OF BEDFORD."
"A compelling documentary that follows five extraordinary women. . . .A deeply moving story about these women, their journey and what it means to be a mother."
"The film encourages children and parents involved in the system to take hold of their own narrative and not deny it or demonize it."
SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
- Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival, Best Documentary
- Social Justice Film Festival, Director's Choice Award
- ReFRAME Film Festival
- Doc NYC
- Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival
- Film Society of Lincoln Center
Jenifer McShane began her career at CBS News. She premiered her first documentary, A LEAP OF FAITH, in competition at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. A LEAP OF FAITH, narrated by Liam Neeson, documents th ejourney of parents opening an integrated school for their Catholic and Protestant children in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A LEAP OF FAITH was televised in the U.S. and internationally, and screened at film festivals around the world.
Jenifer's latest film, MOTHERS OF BEDFORD, follows the experience of five mothers incarcerated at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility and their families who manage in their absence. MOTHERS OF BEDFORD premiered at Hot Docs 2011 in Toronto, has been screened at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, Jacob Burns Film Center and the IFC in NYC. MOTHERS OF BEDFORD continues to screen at festivals, universities, and in independent theaters across the country.
Jenifer is the former US Executive Director of Co-operation Ireland, the leading peace building non-profit on the island of Ireland. She lives in Guilford, CT with her husband and two children. (4/13)