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The videos available here are from director Jenifer McShane.
Jenifer McShane's latest film, MOTHERS OF BEDFORD, follows the experience of five mothers incarcerated at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility and their families who manage in their absence. MOTHERS OF BEDFORD premiered at Hot Docs 2011 in Toronto, screened at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater, Jacob Burns Film Center and the IFC in NYC and has screened at film festivals, universities, and in independent theaters across the country. It is also received the Social Justice Film Festival 2013 Director's Choice Award.
Jenifer began her career at CBS News. She premiered her first documentary, A LEAP OF FAITH, in competition at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. A LEAP OF FAITH, narrated by Liam Neeson, documents the journey of parents opening an integrated school for their Catholic and Protestant children in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A LEAP OF FAITH was televised in the U.S. and internationally, and screened at film festivals around the world.
Jenifer is the former US Executive Director of Co-operation Ireland, the leading peace building non-profit on the island of Ireland. She lives in Guilford, CT with her husband and two children.
Mothers of Bedford
Mothers of Bedford –
Women are the fastest growing U.S. prison population today. Eighty percent are mothers of school-age children. Jenifer McShane's absorbing documentary gives human dimensions to these rarely reported statistics, taking us inside Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison north of New York City.
MOTHERS OF BEDFORD follows five women of diverse backgrounds and incarcerated for different reasons in dual struggles to be engaged in their children's lives and become their better selves. It shows how long-term sentences affect mother-child relationships and how Bedford's innovative Children's Center helps women maintain and improve bonds with children and adult relatives awaiting their return.
Filmmaker, Jenifer McShane, spent five years interviewing and visiting these women inside prison and the families awaiting their return. MOTHERS OF BEDFORD premiered at HOT DOCS 2011 and has screened at Lincoln Center and many other festivals and independent theaters in the US.