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The State of the World

Conviction Nance Ackerman, Ariella Pahlke, Teresa MacInnes

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What would you have needed in your life to avoid going to prison? Bianca, Treena, Laura and Caitlin, four inmates from Nova Scotia, address that question through different art forms and a filmic collaboration with this documentary’s three directors. The creative process brings out their thoughts, which join those of prisoners’ rights activists; together they imagine a better future, where communities would support, rather than punish, their most vulnerable members. How can we break the unjust cycle of convictions and recidivism, if society keeps ignoring poverty, mental illness and addiction? Unlike conventional (read voyeuristic) prison films, Conviction takes an authentic perspective that makes us up-close witnesses to a fundamental struggle.

Presented in collaboration with Cinema Politica

Conviction

  • Country : Canada
  • Year : 2019
  • V.O : English
  • Subtitles : French
  • Duration : 78 MIN
  • Cinematography : Nance Ackerman
  • Editing : Nance Ackerman, Teresa MacInnes
  • Production : Teresa MacInnes, Annette Clarke
  • Music : Judith Gruber-Stitzer
  • Sound Design : Nance Ackerman, Judith Gruber-Stitzer
Filmography of Nance Ackerman :

Cottonland (2006)
Four Feet Up (2010)

Filmography of Ariella Pahlke :

Burning Rubber (2009)
Strategies of Hope (2014)
Suzanne Gauthier: One Thing Leads to Another (2017)

Filmography of Teresa MacInnes :

Buying Sex (2013)
Mabel (2016)

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