TIFF Bell Lightbox
350 King St. W, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3X5
Nance Ackerman, Ariella Pahlke, Teresa MacInnes
2019 | 78 min
HOT DOCS 2019 | WORLD PREMIERE
Sunday, April 28 | 6:30 PM | TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
Monday, April 29 | 1:15 PM | TIFF Bell Lightbox 3
Thursday, May 2 | 12:30 PM | HART HOUSE Theatre
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TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX 350 King St. W
HART HOUSE THEATRE 7 Hart House Circle
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.