"Returning Citizens" focuses on a passionate group of individuals who are looking for a second chance - or perhaps a chance they never had to begin with. Taking place in Southeast Washington, DC, the film offers a humanizing perspective on a community that has been negatively impacted by mass incarceration. From freshly returning individuals struggling to rebuild their lives, to community leaders working to end the on-going cycle of crime and violence, the stories unveiled in "Returning Citizens" offer proof that change is possible when the right opportunities are presented.
As a Returning Citizen myself, I was glad to see that this movie existed. The struggles that are portrayed in this film are very real. I think it's important that we have conversations about topics that concern us all - Prisoner Re-entry is one of them. It's a sad reality that for many, they will only be judged by the worst thing they have ever done.
I work for an organization that tries to create a stigma-free community. We were able to view this movie at our Free Dinner and Movie evening. I think it opened the eyes of many in our community and started a much needed conversation.
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