Personal Stories

SIX VOICES by documentary filmmaker Gabriela Bulisova highlights the lives of people currently involved with the U.S. criminal justice system:

Kiya is growing up largely without her father, a man serving a long sentence. She’s been in the foster care system for most of her life.

Adan has had run-ins with the police, dropped out of school, lived on the streets, and engaged in illegal activities. But now, with the help of Latino service organization Congreso de Latinos Unidos, he has earned his GED, enrolled in college, and speaks of his hopes for the future.

Phil is serving life without the possibility of parole. He runs a restorative justice program called “Let’s Circle Up” inside his maximum-security prison.

Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel sees the need for prisons and incarceration to keep society safe, but he speaks passionately about his concern for the men and women under his care, and about their prospects upon release.

Dawan is a model of successful reentry after 10 years of incarceration, having landed a job, become a full-time father to his children, and a vocal advocate for strengthening families.

Jesse Krimes, an artist and outspoken critic of mass incarceration, made art while in prison and then blossomed upon release.

Gabriela Bulisova
With Mark Isaac and Michelle Repiso

Six films, about four minutes each
2016, for Prisons Today at Eastern State Penitentiary