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In Apart we bear witness to how familial love and courage combat the inter-generational trauma caused by the war on drugs.


In a midwestern US state caught between the opioid epidemic and rising incarceration of women, three unforgettable mothers - Tomika, Lydia, and Amanda - prepare to rejoin their families after years of separation. With the number of women in the US prison system increasing at double the rate of men, mothers are now the fastest-growing population in the criminal justice system. With the help of a unique re-entry program run by Malika, an advocate formerly incarcerated in the same prison, the women lean on each other to find the tools and resiliency needed to rebuild their lives and relationships with their children. In Apart we bear witness to how familial love and courage combat the inter-generational trauma caused by the war on drugs.

“Breaking that cycle of addiction is what I think about every single day. I want Tyler [my son] to know that he doesn’t have to live how I lived, and my mom lived, and all of his aunts and uncles live. I want him to know that there is a world outside of that.”
- Amanda, film participant, Apart

Accessibility: Closed-captioning available in English.

Watch at your own pace anytime between May 19 - 27, or join us and watch-along before the live Q&A

Thursday, May 20
7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT – Start film
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Jennifer Redfearn


Jennifer Redfearn is an Academy Award nominated director. She directed and produced SUN COME UP, about a small island community losing their land to rising seas. SUN COME UP was nominated for an Academy Award in 2011, screened in theaters across the U.S. and aired on HBO. TOCANDO LA LUZ (TOUCH THE LIGHT) was co-produced with ITVS and aired on PBS in 2016. It premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Festival where it won the Charles E. Guggenheim Award. Jennifer worked on the 2016 SXSW audience award winner LANDFILL HARMONIC as a field director and consulting producer. She has produced television documentaries for PBS, the BBC, National Geographic, CNN, and Discovery. Jennifer currently serves as the Director of the Documentary Program at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.