This is our collection of films that highlight a variety of experiences with incarceration and education. Many are from the Echoes of Incarceration project -- a documentary initiative produced by youth with incarcerated parents.
The Last Graduation, 1997 (55 minutes)
Documents the history of higher education in NYS prisons and addresses elimination of TAP and Pell for incarcerated students. Winner of the 1998 Black Maria Film Festival Juror’s Choice Award, and the 1998 Philadelphia Film Festival Gold Medal. Presented at film festivals including: 1998 NY Film Festival, 1998 Critical Resistance Conference, 1998 Human Rights Watch Film Festival, and on PBS stations throughout the US.
DVD resource created for the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (NYS DOCCS) by College Initiative and Ibis Productions, Inc. In this motivational film, formerly incarcerated students speak to their counterparts who are still incarcerated. Utilized in all NYS DOCCS Transitional Service Units.
Documentary film addresses the issue of criminal justice screening for college applicants. Highlights how college admissions policies create unnecessary barriers for formerly incarcerated applicants.
This first film from the Echoes project introduces viewers to the world of children with incarcerated parents. Through the stories of four young people, as well as experts and advocates in the field, this film creates an emotional, compelling case for the importance of ongoing parental contact. The DVD has been shown in prisons, universities, trainings around the country, and won the “Speaking Out” award at Media That Matters Film Festival.
Research has shown that a sustained relationship with a parent in prison is one of the strongest factors in both reducing a child's trauma, and also in reducing that parent's rate of recidivism. Yet children often face huge resistance to visiting a parent. This film digs into the challenges, sorrows, and incredible joys of visiting a parent in prison, and address one of the deepest misconceptions that children with incarcerated parents in prison, and address one of the deepest misconceptions that children with incarcerated parents face. View short version on Upworthy
Youth filmmakers explore the hidden issues faced by grandparents and caregivers raising children with incarcerated parents. Includes 12-minute extra chapter for social workers. Created with help from the NYC Department of Aging Grandparent Resource Center.
From Obie-winning playwright Daniel Beaty, to celebrated hip hop artist F.Stokes, to high school-age poets, to Echoes crew members’ own autobiographical pieces, this DVD will collect short documentary success stories about artists and activists who have had a parent in prison, and what it took for them to find their voice.
Parenting from Behind Bars and During Reentry (In Production)
This film will explore the complex, challenging, but vitally important role that parents can play in their children's lives from behind bars. The goal is to raise awareness about the importance of supporting the parent-child relationship, and also to provide a resource DVD for parenting classes inside prisons.