What happens when a mother of small children is “put on a time out”? At Oregon’s Coffee Creek Women’s Prison, the Family Preservation Project (FPP) helps inmates hone their parenting skills as it facilitates regular family visits. While imprisonment is hard on both prisoners and their families, Mothering Inside demonstrates that not all is lost when the prison helps sustain the parent-child relationship.
Shooting in a verité style, filmmaker Brian Lindstrom strives for unobtrusiveness as he records what he observes, uncovering the story along the way. Before our eyes, Lindstrom’s work morphs into a piece of advocacy. In the midst of filming, the Oregon Department of Corrections announced it would stop funding the FPP, and the viewer shares the heartbreak of the mothers suddenly faced with the prospect of losing their children all over again. (An end card notes that the program was rescued from the budget knife, but perhaps only temporarily.)
Across America, citizens are protesting police shootings; small cities are acquiring military-grade armored vehicles, despite opposition from citizens; heavily armed SWAT teams are issuing intrusive no-call warrants; and legislators are hotly debating the merits of spending billions of dollars on conflict-grade police equipment.
Do Not Resist, a stunning debut documentary by Craig Atkinson, takes us inside the increasingly militarized world of police culture in the U.S. With incredible access, the film offers an alarming montage of policing issues across the country — from the chaotic riots in Ferguson, Missouri, to drug raids in the rural south, a national police training seminar, committee meetings in Capitol Hill and tactical training camps for SWAT members. The result is a rare and surprising look into the disturbing and systemic realities of our country’s uniformed officers.