Mothers of Bedford
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Welcome to WORLD Channel's America ReFramed online screening and live chat of Mothers of Bedford! In partnership with National Black Programming Consortium.
Is it possible to become a better mother while serving time in a maximum-security prison? Filmed over four years at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, Jenifer McShane's Mothers of Bedford explores the effects of a long-term sentence on the relationship between a mother and child. The documentary exposes both the ups and downs of five prisoners, who are mothers, experiencing the normal and surreal of parenting in prison.
Joining us for the conversation is Mothers of Bedford filmmaker Jenifer McShane; former prisoner/mother and M.O.B. subject Mona Graves; former Director of the Children’s Center at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, Bobby Blanchard; and Columbia University Professor Mary Byrne.
During the screening, please send us your comments and questions. Thank you for watching and participating!
Mothers of Bedford
Is it possible to become a better mother while serving time in a maximum security prison? Filmed over four years at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, Mothers of Bedford explores the effects of a long-term prison sentence on the relationship between a mother and child.
- Sharon Wong
WORLD Channel's Editorial Coordinator and Social Media Manager (facebook: WORLD Channel, Twitter: @worldchannelPTV)
- Jenifer McShane
Jenifer McShane is an independent filmmaker who spent five years visiting the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility to make Mothers of Bedford, the winner of the 2013 Director's Award at the Social Justice Film Festival. Her first film, A Leap of Faith, followed a group of parents in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as they opened an integrated school for Catholic and Protestant children. McShane lives in Connecticut with her family and is currently researching her next documentary project.
- Mona Graves
Featured in Mothers of Bedford, Mona Graves was incarcerated for twenty four years. During her twenty years at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, she was an instrumental member of The Children's Center and parenting programs. Graves lives in New York City, and visits with her grown sons and granddaughter regularly.
- Bobby Blanchard
Bobby Blanchard left her career as a lawyer to join The Children's Center, where she advocated for the women's right to "mother" and visit with their children on a regular basis. After fifteen years at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, she is now on staff at Columbia University Center for Families and Children. Blanchard continues to run parenting programs for incarcerated women at Bedford Hills and in the state of Vermont.
- Mary Byrne
Mary Byrne, PhD, DNP, MPH, FAAN, is a Stone Foundation and Elise D. Fish Professor of Health Care for the Underserved at Columbia University School of Nursing and College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her program of research focuses on family-centered intervention for young children at risk. Byrne's NIH-supported research was of mothers who raised infants in the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility prison nursery prior to community release.
- Maria Galarza
Maria Galarza is part of the research team responsible for developing Sesame Workshop's newest resiliency initiative Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration. This bilingual (English/Spanish) multimedia outreach initiative provides much-needed resources to support and comfort young children (ages 3–8) throughout their parents’ incarceration.
- Nonso Christian Ugbode
Nonso Christian Ugbode is a writer, producer and web media conceptualist. He works as the Director of Digital Initiatives for the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) in Harlem, NY where he oversees content and style for NBPC’s BlackPublicMedia.org website.
The views and opinions expressed in this online screening are those of the presenters and participants, and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of ITVS, public broadcasting, or any entities hosting the screening.