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It’s Criminal

A film by Signe Taylor

It’s Criminal is a powerful critique of the economic and social inequities that divide the United States. The film offers a window into a rural jail, an Ivy League college and what happens when these worlds collide. Shot in an intimate verite style, the feature documentary shares the life-changing experiences of female prisoners and Dartmouth College students working together to write and perform an original play about the lives of the incarcerated women. It delves into privilege, poverty, addiction, abuse and injustice and asks viewers to think about who is in prison and why — while also sharing a poignant and personal story about how empathy is a potent force that can help bridge the divide.

We invite you to join us in bringing this much-needed film to new audiences by contributing here. Funds raised are used to donate DVDs of the film to libraries and schools as well as to bring panelists, who are frequently formerly incarcerated women who share their stories in the film, to screenings at community centers, schools, universities and places of worship. Many thanks for your gift!

Associated Members

Signe Taylor, Director


We are grateful for the generous support of our sponsors:

Massachusetts Cultural Council
Lowel Cultural Council
Cabot Family Charitable Trust
Liberty Mutual Foundation
City of Boston Arts and Culture