Life Inside Out

Life Inside Out

| 1 h 13 min
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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 idealize these flawed characters, it also advances the notion that those who have committed crimes deserve to be treated with dignity.

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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
  • executive producer
    Silva Basmajian
  • 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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