Indie Lens Storycast
Inspired by Jeff Chang’s acclaimed collection of essays, this series asks the questions: why and how did we become so divided? What can we do now to be alright?
Three Missouri families explore what happens to children when their mothers are incarcerated for nonviolent crimes over the course of a year.
It has been said that when you imprison a woman, you incarcerate a family — but what really happens to children when their mothers are incarcerated? When the Bough Breaks explores the emotional impact on children in three Missouri families whose mothers are locked up for nonviolent crimes. The children tell their diverse stories as they are bounced among social workers, foster parents, grandparents, and visits with their mothers in prison. As they lay bare their longings and remarkable strengths, it becomes clear that they are also punished for their mothers' offenses.