U.S. prisons and jails lead the world in incarcerating women—what happens when they return to their families?

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Jennifer Redfearn

Jennifer Redfearn directed and produced the 2011 Academy Award-nominated documentary Sun Come Up, a film about climate change. Sun Come Up aired on HBO, garnered multiple festival awards, and has screened in over 500 venues, including festivals, universities, high schools, and community groups. In her freelance work over the past seven years, she has Show more produced documentaries for National Geographic, PBS, CNN, and the Discovery Channel, and for educational and online distribution, including several short stories for MediaStorm. In 2013, she was one of the producers on National Geographic’s highest-rated television series, and in 2011 her work at MediaStorm was nominated for the World Press Photo, Anthropographia, and Webby awards in the multimedia and documentary categories. She has field-produced stories from across the U.S., Central America, the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Papua New Guinea. Redfearn is the recipient of a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Fellowship, and National Endowment for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, Chicken and Egg Pictures, and the NYSCA individual artist grants. She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Wellesley College and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. Show less

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Timothy Metzger

Tim Metzger is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and New York-based director of photography with 10 years of experience as a freelance DP. Tim filmed and produced the Oscar nominated documentary Sun Come Up. He recently completed the Emmy-nominated six-part series Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero for Discovery, executive produced by Steven Show more Spielberg. Metzger served as the director of photography on the landmark series filmed over a year and a half at the site of the new World Trade Center. His work for Discovery, National Geographic, and History Channel has taken him around the world for series and specials such as Engineering an Empire and The Dark Ages. Metzger's independent film, Leh Wi Tok, is a character-driven documentary about independent radio in post-war Sierra Leone. It aired on Al Jazeera’s Witness. Show less

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The Film

This intimate portrait dives into the heart of America’s opioid crisis through the reentry of three mothers imprisoned for drug-related crimes. As the women prepare to rejoin their families after years of incarceration, they enter an innovative prison program in Cleveland, Ohio where they lean each other to learn the skills it will take to get a job, stay sober, and win the trust of their kids. After facing alienation and addiction, the women begin to see the promise of reunion and redemption.