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Freedom Film Series screening of APART at Freedom Center

Freedom Film Series screening: APART
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
6 p.m., Thursday, May 26

WHAT: The Freedom Center and LADD, Inc. are hosting the second screening in their Freedom Film Series on Thursday, May 26. APART, a film exploring the impact of the prison system on three mothers, will be showing at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 26 in the Freedom Center’s Harriet Tubman Theater and will be followed by a panel discussion on the prison system’s lingering impact on former inmates. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are available now.

Filmed over 3 ½ years, APART follows three mothers who were caught between harsh drug sentencing and rising incarceration rates for women during America’s War on Drugs – during which the number of women in U.S. prisons has grown by 800%. The three women return from prison and attempt to rebuild their lives after being separated from their children for years. Their stories overlap at a new reentry program for women run by an activist formerly incarcerated in the same prison.
 
A panel of experts and activists will discuss the impact of the U.S. prison system following the film.
 
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at otrfilmfest.org. The screening is sponsored by the Ohio Humanities Council.
 
The Freedom Film Series uses film to address issues of systemic injustice, inviting the audience into dialogue with the issues presented in the films during conversations with filmmakers, content matter experts and activists following the screenings. Topics addressed during the series include inequity in policing and the criminal justice system, the disparate impact of illegal drugs on communities of color, systemic racism, disability and more.
 
Directed by Jessica Redfearn, APART has been acclaimed by critics, being name an official selection at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival and Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival.
 
WHEN: 6 p.m., Thursday, May 26
 
WHERE: National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 E. Freedom Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Note: Please use the Rosa Parks Street entrance.
 
COST: $15, available for purchase at otrfilmfest.org.
 
WHO: Panelists following the film include:

  • Tyra Patterson, Community Outreach Strategy Specialist, Ohio Justice and Policy Center
  • Malika Kidd, Director, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries Chopping for Change Program (featured in the film)
  • Twyana Davis, Ambassador and Artist, Represent Justice
  • Nicole Kaufman, Associate Professor of Sociology, Ohio University’s Center for Law, Justice and Culture

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