Mother’s of Bedford

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Is it possible to become a better mother while serving time in a maximum security prison?  Mother’s of Bedford, a feature length documentary, follows five women incarcerated in the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility and looks at their lives through the lens of motherhood.

Many parents find it hard to imagine being away from a child for a week. Imagine being separated for ten or twenty years? Mothers of Bedford explores the effects of a long-term prison sentence on the mother-child relationship.  The film examines the struggles and joys these five women face as prisoners and mothers. It shows the normal frustrations of parenting as well as the surreal experiences of a child’s first birthday party inside prison, the cell that child lives in with her mother, and the biggest celebration of the year, Mother’s Day in prison!

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.

Bedford Hills Community Screenings, April 25th, 2012

9:30-11:30am
St. Matthew’s Church 382 Cantitoe Street
Bedford, NY

7:00 -9:00pm
Mary Lou Meese Theatre
Fox Lane High School
Route 172
Bedford, NY

RSVP to either screening at: MothersofBedford@ccbq.org.  Visit www.mothersofbedford.com.