Runner Up: Audience Award DOC NYC 2020

Kimonti Carter is serving life without parole in a Washington state prison based on a harsh 1990s three-strikes law, but rather than accept this condemnation, he has worked to transform inmates’ lives through education. His experience brilliantly elucidates the dehumanization and trauma that accompany incarceration, but also demonstrates the possibility of redemption even among those society has called irredeemable. Gilda Sheppard’s profound and revealing film represents a 12-year journey to investigate the circumstances and inequities that have landed a whole generation of African-American youth in prison. 

Watch an exclusive pre-recorded Q&A with Director Gilda Sheppard and Subjects Kimonti Carter, Tonya Wilson.

DOC NYC Live event: Sunday, Nov. 15 at 3 ET on Facebook Live Activist and philosopher Angela Davis joins prosecuting attorney Dan Satterberg, Executive Director of Abolitionist Law Center Robert Saleem Holbrook and filmmaker Gilda Sheppard to discuss the themes of incarceration and redemption raised by the film.

Director: Gilda Sheppard
Executive Producer: Gilda Sheppard
Producer: June Nho Ivers, Saman Maydani, Gilda Shepard
Writer: Gilda Sheppard, Saman Maydani
Cinematographer: Cahn Nguyen
Editor: Saman Maydani
Music: Carlos Esparza
Language: English
Country: USA
Year: 2020
Publicist: See-Through Films