"Counted" exposes the horrifying experience that incarcerated pregnant women endure and follows the advocates, doulas, and doctors on a mission to end prison birth.
Counted follows prison doulas, activists, social workers, an incarcerated pregnant person, and a judge as they navigate the political, social, and emotional obstacles surrounding pregnant women in prison. The feature reveals the unregulated practices of treatment and exposes Dr. Carolyn Sufrin’s groundbreaking study of incarcerated pregnant women. Counted takes us on an intimate journey to understand what our criminal justice system currently looks like from the inside and learn how these extraordinary women on the frontline are changing it. Counted reimagines a system with standardized care that provides resources, respect, and comfort to mother and child--ultimately putting an end to prison birth in America.
It's time to end prison birth. When everyone in this country truly understands the brutality of what is happening to pregnant people and new babies born to incarcerated mothers, there will be power to stop it. One can't in good conscience, continue to let this happen. Knowledge is power.
An award-winning filmmaker and MFA Cinema graduate of San Francisco State University. Erica recently produced the award-winning feature documentary MOTHERLOAD. She also won “Best Documentary” from The Sonoma Film Festival, Silver lake Film Festival and The Documentary Foundation for her short documentary LIVING POETS. She directs, produces and edits documentaries and commercials throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Joseph served as the Director, Cinematographer & Editor on the feature documentary, I WILL DANCE, which broadcast on PBS and ran on the National Endowment for the Arts Southern Circuit Tour. Joseph filmed for the Emmy-winning documentary CHASING CORAL’s impact campaign. He worked as Cinematographer for the upcoming feature documentary, CLARKSTON: MOTHER OF EXILES, executive produced by Katie Couric. Joseph also served as the Cinematographer & Editor for YOUR FANTASTIC MIND, a PBS television series which received five Emmy nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Southeast Chapter. His work has been shown on NBC, ABC, PBS, HuffPost, and other outlets.
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