Gala Presentation

Bianca, Treena, Laura, and Caitlin are a stark reflection of the troubling worldwide tendency to criminalize and imprison the most vulnerable in society—those most affected by poverty, addiction, childhood trauma, and mental illness. Together with long-time prisoners’ rights advocate Kim Pate and others, these women collaborate with the filmmakers to answer a deceptively simple question: What would you have needed to avoid incarceration? Through art, photography, filmmaking and poetry, the women inside envision a more ideal world on the outside. Their creative agency emerges as a force that empowers them to chart the course of their own lives, and they become increasingly engaged in making Conviction - not another ‘broken prison’ film, but rather a ‘broken society’ film. Conviction takes us on a raw and cinematic journey, while making the impassioned argument that we would do better to create communities that heal and support our most vulnerable, rather than punish them further.

After the screening, join the Conviction team for a reception and exhibition of art and ideas created by women in the film.
Monday, Sept. 16, 8:45PM
Exhibition Room, Dalhousie School of Architecture
5410 Spring Garden Road

Sponsored by Dalhousie University Faculty of Architecture and Planning, National Film Board of Canada, 902 Post, Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland NS, Sea to Sea Productions, Anne Sinclair Architects
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Available to stream from 12:01AM, September 17th to 11:59PM, September 24th.
Ticketholders have 24 hours to complete the stream once they start a particular presentation.

Directors:  Nance Ackerman, Ariella Pahlke, Teresa MacInnes
Producers:  Teresa MacInnes, Annette Clarke
Cinematographer:  Nance Ackerman
Editors: Nance Ackerman, Teresa MacInnes
Country:  Canada
Province:  NS
Language:  English
Runtime:  78 minutes

  Official Selection - Hot Docs 2019