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Week 2: Criminal Justice Today

Schedule for August 26



Original Hidden Lives Illuminated Films


Hidden Lives - Alexander S.'s The Bus Stop

Alexander S.

The Bus Stop

From the filmmaker’s perspective, we all do dumb things as kids, and we could all use someone watching our back.


Hidden Lives - Joseph K.'s There He Was, There He Is

Joseph K.

There He Was, There He Is

The protagonist goes to sleep a child and wakes a man. How will yesterday's plans work in tomorrow's society?


Hidden Lives - Louis B.'s Money Talks

Louis B.

Money Talks

“Money doesn’t grow on trees.” The filmmaker asks, “How much is money really worth?”


Hidden Lives - Marvin S.'s Between Two Courts

Marvin S.

Between Two Courts

The filmmaker recalls how his youth on the basketball court became a life in criminal court and incarceration.


Hidden Lives - Filmmakers at Philadelphia’s Riverside Correctional Facility for Women's You Can Go Left or Right

Filmmakers at Philadelphia’s Riverside Correctional Facility for Women

You Can Go Left or Right

The filmmakers reflect on life inside a hectic county jail for women.




Guest Films


Hidden Lives - Vox Voices: Wes Caines of Brroklyn Defender Services

Brooklyn Defender Services: Perpetual Punishment

Many of America’s formerly incarcerated people face numerous obstacles when integrating back into public life once free, according to Wes Caines and his former colleagues Scott Hechinger and Hannah McCrea at Brooklyn Defender Services, a public defender service in New York City.

Watch the film here.


Hidden Lives - Sesame Street: Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration

Sesame Street: Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration

Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration provides much-needed resources to support and comfort young children throughout their parents' incarceration.

Watch the film here.




This Evening’s Programs


7:00 – 9:45 pm: Write the Filmmakers

Share your thoughts with the filmmakers! Postcards and pens will be available every night during Hidden Lives Illuminated. Write your note to the artists and drop it in the mailbox provided. We’ll take care of delivering your message.


7:40 pm: Free Library of Philadelphia

Meet representatives from the Free Library and learn about their Prison and Re-entry services.

The Free Library is committed to offering high-quality programs and services to incarcerated people, their children, and their families. These include literacy support, family programs, cultural and literary offerings, and re-entry resources and information. To learn more about the Free Library, visit www.FreeLibrary.org.


These events (as with all events during Hidden Lives Illuminated) are free and open to the public. No reservations required. Appropriate for all ages.