Apart (2020)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 25m

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In a midwestern US state caught between the opioid epidemic and rising incarceration of women, three unforgettable mothers - Tomika, Lydia, and Amanda - prepare to rejoin their families after years of separation. With the number of women in the US prison system increasing at double the rate of men, mothers are now the fastest-growing population in the criminal justice system. With the help of a unique re-entry program run by Malika, an advocate formerly incarcerated in the same prison, the women lean on each other to find the tools and resiliency needed to rebuild their lives and relationships with their children. In Apart we bear witness to how familial love and courage combat the inter-generational trauma caused by the war on drugs.

“Breaking that cycle of addiction is what I think about every single day. I want Tyler [my son] to know that he doesn’t have to live how I lived, and my mom lived, and all of his aunts and uncles live. I want him to know that there is a world outside of that.” - Amanda, film participant, Apart

Watch at your own pace anytime between May 19 - 27, or join us and watch-along before the live Q&A

Thursday, May 20
7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT – Start film
8:30 PM EDT / 5:30 PM PDT – Join us for a live Q&A with filmmaker Jennifer Redfearn, Malika Kidd, Film Participant + Program Director, Workforce Development, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, moderated by Nicole Austin-Hillery, Executive Director, US Program, Human Rights Watch. Register here!

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Bonus Content

'Apart' Filmmaker Introduction

An introductory video from ‘Apart’ filmmaker Jennifer Redfearn

US: Devastating Impact of Jailing Mothers

Even Short Stays in Jail Can Cause Permanent Harm to Families

Mothers in jail are being torn from their families and losing contact with their children even before they have been convicted of a crime, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a joint report released September 26, 2018. The report, “You Miss So Much When You’re Gone”: The Lasting Harm of Jailing Mothers Before Trial in Oklahoma,” finds that jailing mothers even for short periods of time can result in overwhelming debt and loss of child custody. Based on more than 160 interviews with jailed and formerly jailed mothers, substitute caregivers, children, attorneys, service providers, child welfare employees, and advocates, this joint report by Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) documents the harms experienced by women with minor children jailed pretrial in Oklahoma – which incarcerates more women per capita than any other state.

Read the report here.