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October 10, 2019

Conviction

Hosted by Rendezvous With Madness / Workman Arts

Location

506 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON, Canada

October 10 at 6:30 PM

Bianca Mercer is one of many women affected by Canada’s ineffective prison system. With more resources being invested into prisons than communities, women have become the highest growing prison population in the world.

In Conviction, a team of documentary filmmakers gain access to a female correctional facility in Nova Scotia to tackle the crisis from within. Instead of simply conducting interviews, the filmmakers collaborate with Bianca and other women in the facility to create a deeply personal and prisoner’s-eye documentary. Utilizing cameras, spoken word poetry and art supplies, the women share their experiences with institutionalization and unapologetically address the ineptitude of incarceration. What can we do to prevent women from being imprisoned in the first place and stop systemic re-institutionalization? Working alongside the Elizabeth Fry Society and the filmmakers, the women envision a better alternative to a failing criminal justice system to build communities; not cages.

Pre-film reception starts at 5:00 pm and includes food, beverage, art and film program.

More information and tickets

Wheelchair accessible venue. Open captions. Introduction and Q&A are ASL interpreted and live captioned. Held Space and an active listener will be onsite. Service animals welcome. Complementary tickets for support persons. More accessibility information is available on the Workman Arts website.