The Return

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, NYC

Doors 6:30. No admittance after 7:30.

Part of DCTV Presents series' Confines That Bind strand

Kelly Duane de la Vega, Katie Galloway | 84 min, USA, 2016

Co-presented with POV

In 2012, California amended its "Three Strikes” law—one of the harshest criminal sentencing policies in the country. The passage of Prop. 36 marked the first time in U.S. history that citizens voted to shorten sentences of those currently incarcerated. Within days, the reintegration of thousands of “lifers” was underway. The Return examines this unprecedented reform through the eyes of those on the front lines—prisoners suddenly freed, families turned upside down, reentry providers helping navigate complex transitions, and attorneys and judges wrestling with an untested law. At a moment of reckoning on mass incarceration, what can California’s experiment teach the nation?

Post-Screening Q&A

Producer Ariela Ben-Dov has worked on a range of award-winning social justice documentaries, including Academy Award-winning director Debra Chasnoff’s THAT’S A FAMILY and the RESPECT FOR ALL film series. She is an internationally esteemed film curator who specializes in independent cinema across genres. As the director of the Margaret Mead Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History, she integrated installations, multimedia performances and educational programs into the festival. Ben-Dov co-founded MadCat Women’s International Film Festival and served as its executive director and curator from 1996–2012. She has presented her programs at numerous venues around the globe, including the Harn Museum of Art, Harvard Film Archive, and Pacific Film Archive. Ben-Dov co-curated the 51st Flaherty Film Seminar, Creative Demolition. She has taken part in and moderated panels on alternative exhibition, documentary film and experimental filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival among other festivals and has been seated as a juror at festivals around the world.

Wesley Caines of Brooklyn Defender Services | With more than two decades of experience with the criminal justice system, Wesley blends a historical perspective with an emphasis on future potential to help his clients achieve the best possible outcomes. At BDS, Wesley is tasked with creating a reentry program based on the organization’s core principle of comprehensive human service. A member of the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, he also lends his expertise in the furtherance of helping those who are economically disadvantaged to improve their criminal justice outcomes by making bail; studies have shown that pre-trial detention correlates with significantly worse case outcomes. Wesley’s life’s goal is the empowerment of underserved communities as they become creative self-advocates who challenge policy-makers’ notion of the social contract.

Jule Hall of Picture Motion grew up in Brownsville, Brooklyn where he became entangled in its infamous streets. Incarcerated at the age of 17 and dissatisfied with a life of delinquency, he devoted himself to his own personal growth and development. Education was the means through which he would achieve this end. He embarked on a process of self-education while advocating its transformative powers to his peers in prison law libraries and GED classrooms. He subsequently received a formal education with the Bard College Prison Initiative (BPI). Along with completing a bachelor’s degree in German Studies and a graduate-level public health specialization with BPI, Jule collaborated with correctional officials and BPI staff to implement the day-to-day operations of the privately-funded college program. Since his release, Jule has spoken publicly about the destructive effects of not having college in prison as well as the obstacles to reentry for formerly-incarcerated individuals. During his free time, he mentors and tutors at-risk youth at the Brownsville Community Justice Center.


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The Return will have its national broadcast premiere on PBS' POV series on Monday, May 23, 2016 (check local listings).

This event is a collaboration with the award-winning documentary series POV.

This event is part of our DCTV Presents signature screening and event series' special strand Confines That Bind focused on incarceration and criminal justice reform, made possible by support from the Manhattan Community Award Program through the Manhattan Borough President, Gale A. Brewer’s, office.