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2019 HLI The Films

The Films: Hidden Lives Illuminated

June 24, 2019

Week 1: The View from Inside – August 15 to August 21, 2019

Aaron W., Where Did It Go?
There are many twists and turns on the highway of life, but time waits for no man. “Don’t miss your exit.”

David G., Freedom
The filmmaker reflects on time lost and the consequences of one mistake many years ago.

Lamar L., My Kids
The filmmaker encourages his children to learn from his mistakes and strive to be a leader not a follower.

Paul M., Nostalgia
Watching a movie late at night, the filmmaker is reminded of a childhood memory. He decides to make a phone call.

Qwasheam R., Lymph Notes
The filmmaker chronicles his journey through illness and incarceration.

Week 2: Criminal Justice Today – August 22 to August 28, 2019

You Can Go Left or Right, A film by incarcerated filmmakers at Philadelphia’s Riverside Correctional Facility for Women 
The filmmakers reflect on life inside a hectic county jail for women.

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?

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

Marvin S., Between Two Courts
The filmmaker recalls how his youth on the basketball court became a life in criminal court and incarceration.

Week 3: Family and Community Impact – August 29 to September 4, 2019

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.

Braheem L., My Boys…
Two sons express the challenges of growing up with an incarcerated father.

Brian H., Dear Time
The filmmaker writes to “time,” reflecting on loss and gratitude and wondering if time really heals all wounds.

Clarence S., Through Her, I Live "Angels walk among us." This is a story of how a life, lost too soon, saved an uncle during his incarceration.

Justino G., Piano Priest The filmmaker muses about his son, a musical prodigy, who uses his gifts to cope with his father’s incarceration.

Robert T., A Special Person The filmmaker talks to his young son, reminiscing about the things they share.

Week 4: Restorative Justice – September 5 to September 11, 2019

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.”

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

Jerome L., Justice
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.

Joseph S., Furever Homes As the filmmaker says, “Sometimes you save the dog. Sometimes the dog saves you.”

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.

Finale – September 12, 2019

All 20 films listed above will be screened.


2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner