True North | True North
What would you have needed in life to avoid imprisonment? This deceptively simple question fuels a filmic collaboration between directors Nance Ackerman, Ariella Pahlke, and Teresa MacInnes, and Nova Scotian prisoners Bianca, Treena, Laura, and Caitlin. Working side-by-side with long-time prisoners’ rights advocate Kim Pate, along with other artists, activists, and staff from their correctional facility, the women are empowered through the creative process to tell their own stories and imagine solutions for the future.
When they chronicle their life outside of prison following their sentence, we witness firsthand the obstacles they face while trying to chart a new course for their lives. Testimonies of their struggles with childhood trauma, poverty, addiction, and mental illness shed light on how a lack of resources and community support can create a cycle of reoffending. Using these women’s diverse points of view to offer rare access to both a compromised correctional facility and a broken criminal-justice system, Conviction serves as a powerful call to support, rather than punish, society’s most vulnerable.