Directed by Erica Tanamachi & Joseph East

US | 2022 | 17 minutes | Color | English | Order No. W221298 |

This powerful, short documentary exposes the horrifying experience that incarcerated pregnant women endure and documents Pamela Winn's mission to end shackling and ultimately prison birth.


After miscarrying her baby in prison due to shackling, Pamela Winn becomes an activist, leading thousands to support – and pass – the 2019 Georgia Dignity Act, which outlawed shackling of pregnant and postpartum inmates. WINN follows Pamela’s journey from prison to the halls of the state Capitol; from incarcerated person to outspoken law-changer; from powerless to empowered. Told using a blend of verité style filmmaking, animation, and compelling first-person interview footage, this powerful, short film exposes the horrifying experience that incarcerated pregnant women endure and documents Pamela's mission to end shackling and ultimately prison birth.


Gripping, educational, surprising, 17-minute documentary that chronicles the valiant efforts of Georgia activist and RestoreHER founder Pamela Winn.

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  • Reel South Short Award and George Short Special Jury Mention, Atlanta Film Festival
  • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
  • BAMcinemaFest Shorts Program
  • Justice on Trial Film Festival
  • Washington West Film Festival
  • Sidewalk Film Festival


Erica Tanamachi

Erica (Filanc) Tanamachi is an award-winning filmmaker and MFA Cinema graduate of San Francisco State University (2007). Erica was Creative Producer for the feature documentary "Motherload," which won “Best Documentary” from the Hollywood North Film Awards. She also won “Best Documentary” from The Sonoma Film Festival, Silverlake Film Festival and The Documentary Foundation for her short documentary "Living Poets". Erica is passionate about creating powerful underrepresented stories that show the truth of the human experience.

Joseph East

Joseph East is a filmmaker based in Atlanta, GA. Joseph directed the feature documentary, "I Will Dance," which aired on PBS and was selected for the National Endowment for the Arts Southern Circuit tour. He was recently Director of Photography on the feature documentary "Refuge," which premiered at DOC NYC in 2021 and is executive produced by Katie Couric. Joseph won a 2021 Southeast Emmy for his work on the PBS series, "Your Fantastic Mind."

Director: Erica Tanamachi 


Co-Director: Joseph East 


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