CINEMA IN CONVERSATION: Films of Freedom, Captivity and Human Rights

Time shown with The Way Life Is, MIFF24 Maine Shorts alum post-film.

Q&A with The Way Life Is director Sophie Nacht, University of Maine Professor of Sociology Brian Pitman, and Kayla Kalel, Penobscot County Jail Storytelling Project co-coordinator.

Time: Fox Rich is a fighter. The entrepreneur, abolitionist and mother of six boys has spent the last two decades campaigning for the release of her husband, Rob G. Rich, who is serving a 60-year sentence for a robbery they both committed in the early 90s in a moment of desperation. Combining the video diaries Fox has recorded for Rob over the years with intimate glimpses of her present-day life, director Garrett Bradley paints a mesmerizing portrait of the resilience and radical love necessary to prevail over the endless separations of the country’s prison-industrial complex. “Time is an achingly beautiful film of perseverance and hope in the shadow of the American carceral system.” –Toussaint Egan, Paste.

Before the film, take in the incredible portraits and accompanying stories of our Art in the Lobby exhibition Stories of Incarceration: Portraits from the Penobscot County Jail Storytelling Project.