U.S. prisons and jails lead the world in incarcerating women—a vast majority of them mothers. What happens when they return to their families?

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Independent Lens
Premiere Date
February 21, 2022
90 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
  • Nominated laurels-r Created with Sketch.
    2023 News and Documentary Emmy Awards-Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary
  • Director

    Jennifer Redfearn

    Jennifer Redfearn is an Academy Award nominated director. She directed and produced Sun Come Up, about a small island community losing their land to rising seas. Sun Come Up was nominated for an Academy Award in 2011, screened in theaters across the U.S. and aired on HBO. Her film Tocando La Luz (Touch The Light) was co-produced with ITVS and aired on PBS in Show more 2016. It premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Festival where it won the Charles E. Guggenheim Award. Jennifer worked on the 2016 SXSW Audience Award winner Landfill Harmonic as a field director and consulting producer. She has produced documentaries for PBS, the BBC, National Geographic, CNN, Discovery and MediaStorm. Jennifer currently serves as the Director of the Documentary Program at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Show less


    Tim Metzger

    Tim Metzger is an Academy Award nominated producer and Emmy nominated cinematographer with over 15 years of experience filming documentaries. Tim filmed and produced the 2011 Oscar nominee SUN COME UP, as well as the award-winning feature documentary TOCANDO LA LUZ (TOUCH THE LIGHT.) He has served as director of photography for several major Show more Emmy-nominated series, including National Geographic's THE STORY OF GOD WITH MORGAN FREEMAN and RISING: REBUILDING GROUND ZEROfor Discovery, executive produced by Steven Spielberg. Tim has filmed in more than 20 countries and his work has also appeared on PBS, BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, and HBO among others. He has also taught documentary filmmaking at New York University. Show less

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    The Film

    This intimate portrait examines the impact of America’s war on drugs through three mothers attempting to rebuild lives derailed by drugs and prison. As Tomika, Lydia, and Amanda prepare to rejoin their families after years of incarceration, they enter an innovative prison program in Cleveland, Ohio where they lean on each other and mentors who have also been in prison. With the hope of redemption on the horizon, the women work to regain the trust of their children and combat stigmas associated with people who have been incarcerated.