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Week 4: Restorative Justice

Schedule for Wed. Sept. 11

Original Hidden Lives Illuminated Films

Hidden Lives - Jerome L.'s Justice

Jerome L.


Reflecting on dysfunctional communities and growing up in prison, the filmmaker considers what he has learned and how best to lead others from the dark into the light.

Hidden Lives - Donyea P.'s Big Boy Shoes

Donyea P.

Big Boy Shoes

The young filmmaker looks back on his life and forward to a better future for us all. “It’s time to put on those big boy shoes.”

Hidden Lives - Ezra B.'s Phoenix

Ezra B.


After a life behind bars, the filmmaker reflects on the cultivation of wisdom and the strength to overcome. “I am the phoenix.”

Hidden Lives - Joseph S.'s Furever Homes

Joseph S.

Furever Homes

As the filmmaker says, “Sometimes you save the dog. Sometimes the dog saves you.”

Hidden Lives - Michael L.'s We Can If We Want To

Michael L.

We Can If We Want To

The filmmaker looks at the chaos of the world from behind bars and suggests it’s time for change. We can make a better world if we want to.

Guest Films

Hidden Lives - The Edge of Daybreak

The Edge of Daybreak

Edge of Daybreak’s members, James Carrington, Jamal Jaha Nubi, Cornelius Cade, Harry Coleman, and McEvoy Robinson, met in Powhatan Correctional Center in Virginia. They recorded their 1979 album Eyes of Love during a strict five-hour window inside the facility. The record became an improbable soul music sensation.

Watch the film here.

Hidden Lives - Restorative Justice: Why Do We Need It?

Restorative Justice: Why Do We Need It?

The film looks at concrete ways to bring the needs of crime survivors into the process of rehabilitating those who commit crimes in order to create a safer society for everyone. Produced by Brave New Films and narrated by Danielle Sered of Common Justice.

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.

7:00 – 9:00 pm: Learn how you can get involved!

Join us for an open house with PAR-Recycle Works and Wags Rescue and learn how you can get involved.

7:00 – 9:45 pm: Hands-on activities

Join us for hands-on activities designed to bring people together and spark reflection on tonight’s films.

7:00 – 9:45 pm: School Supply Drive

Join us in donating to the Hidden Lives Illuminated School Supplies Drive! These much needed supplies will go to children who have an incarcerated parent at SCI Chester or Riverside Correctional Facility. Donations will be collected at the Hidden Lives Illuminated Event Hub at OCF Coffee House, 2100 Fairmount Avenue from 7:00 – 9:45 pm, August 29 through September 11. Please donate one or more of these new, unused school supply items:

  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Pencil Cases
  • Notebooks
  • Backpacks
  • Folders
  • Feminine Hygiene Products

If you have any questions, please contact Damon McCool at [email protected] or at (215) 236-5111 x243. Thank you for your support!

Member Night

7:00 – 9:00 pm: Member Night

On Wednesday evenings, Eastern State members receive special perks. Members should check in at the welcome table inside the Hidden Lives Illuminated Event Hub at OCF Coffee House.