I hope that Hard Road Home will melt the hard hearts of all viewers who define people who have committed crimes and been in prison by the worst acts they have committed. I hope that viewers will recognize themselves in the lives of the people at Exodus as well as recognize the exceptional heroism of the formerly incarcerated people of Exodus who are committing themselves 24/7 to the salvation of a population at radical risk. I hope that people, following the broadcast, will go to hardroadhome.org and identify ways that they can join the movement to help formerly incarcerated people lead lives of meaning and security — lives maximized for the positive benefit they can have to society, rather than reduced to the damage they have done to it.
And I hope that America, which has the largest per capita prison population in the world, is made better aware of that population. There are hidden peoples in America — the poor, the elderly, the mentally ill. It is critical that we remember that the people we lock away are humans like us and that the result of the institutionalization for which we pay has permanent impact on their souls and our society. We must take responsibility for our systems and for the lives shaped by them once they have done their time.
— Macky Alston
selina lewis, Producer/Director
Macky Alston, Director
Macky Alston’s award-winning documentary films include The Killer Within, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006 and aired on the Discovery Channel in 2007; Questioning Faith, which premiered at the Full Frame Film Festival and the Hot Docs International Film Festival and aired on HBO/Cinemax in 2002; and Family Name, which premiered at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival and aired on P.O.V. in 1998.
Alston’s awards include the Sundance Film Festival Freedom of Expression Award and the Gotham Open Palm Award. He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Today Show as well as in The New York Times. Alston is director of Auburn Media, a division of the Center for Multifaith Education at Auburn Theological Seminary, which is dedicated to informed, engaging coverage of religion in the media.