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Mothers of Bedford (2011)

Eighty percent of women in US prisons today are mothers of school-age children. Filmmaker Jenifer McShane spent four years visiting Bedford Hills and following the women and their families.... See full summary »

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Eighty percent of women in US prisons today are mothers of school-age children. Filmmaker Jenifer McShane spent four years visiting Bedford Hills and following the women and their families. A mother herself, Jenifer was drawn to the universal themes of motherhood and the staggering power of the mother-child relationship. In all walks of life, mother and child care for each other. As we watch the mothers inside Bedford trying to become their better selves, we see parts of our own selves - and that gives us all hope. Written by Anonymous

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Excellent documentary about mothers in prison
16 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mothers of Bedford is a thoughtful, honest look at women at prison who are also mothering their children. The film follows five women and the children and families on the outside that await their return. What type of prison rehabilitation are we striving for? Punitive or rehabilitative? Mothers of Bedford is a character driven, non-manipulative film that provides an insight to the world inside prison we do not often see. Looking at the perspective of the children left behind and the women in prison, Mothers of Bedford, is an unusually compelling documentary about an issue rarely reported. I highly recommend you view this film.


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