Telling My Story: A Documentary
Producer: Signe Taylor
Telling My Story offers viewers an extraordinary window into a rural jail, an Ivy League College, and what happens when these two worlds collide. Both heartbreaking and inspirational, the documentary shares the life-changing experiences of 14 Dartmouth College students and 10 female prisoners working together to write and perform an original play about the experiences of the incarcerated women. It’s a thought-provoking film that delves into privilege, poverty and injustice and challenges viewers to think about who is in prison and why.
Telling My Story takes on a timely and relevant subject. In 2011, the United States incarcerated more people per capita than any other nation in the world and women are the fastest growing segment of the incarcerated population increasing at nearly double the rate of men since 1985. Approximately 90 percent of women prisoners report having experienced physical or sexual abuse at some point in their lives and two-thirds are single mothers. Given these overwhelming statistics, it’s vital that Telling My Story is finished and distributed to as many viewers as possible in order to bring a human dimension to the pressing question of female prison reform.
With production completed, we are now seeking funding to edit our 170 hours of powerful HD footage into a broadcast-hour film. We hope you will choose to support this important and needed work.
To watch the trailer click here.