Life Inside Out

This documentary takes us inside the walls of Grand Valley Institution—one of five federal prisons for women in Canada. Here, most residents live in small shared houses, in an environment that is supposed to be female-friendly. The film features three unforgettable women over age 50 doing time in a system that can seem designed to frustrate and baffle. Vietnamese Kim struggles with translation and awaits a parole board hearing that seems to never come, while Pearl relies on her faith in God to stay positive throughout the hard reality of prison life. Finally, T.A.'s larger than life outlook serves her well, whether she's fighting for greater access and rights for prisoners or composing and performing her own country-tinged musical compositions. While the film doesn't idealized these flaws characters, it also rejects the notion that those who have committed crimes don't deserve to be treated with dignity.

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Film Credits

writer
Sarah Zammit
director
Sarah Zammit
producer
Peter Starr
director of photography
Joan Hutton
editor
Lawrence Jackman
location sound
Steve McNamee
sound editor
Barry Gilmore
Kathy Choi
re-recording
Luc Léger
participant
Corinna McMaster
Clover Woolcock
Tamara Becker
Meachel Chad
Hal Matson
Joey
Doreen
Terry Shelswell
Bobby Bala
Nicki Smith
Charlene
Charlene Campbell
Amy Bowden
An Bui
Carole Clapperton
Christie Jefferson
Sandra
Mitch

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