Apart | Nebraska Public Media

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February 15, 2022
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Join us for a preview screening of the new documentary APART , followed by a live panel discussion featuring:

- Alana Alexander, Youth & Family Program Associate, RISE Prison Reentry Program

- Leah Butler, Assistant Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska Omaha

- Aubrey Mancuso, Executive Director, Voices for Children in Nebraska

- Chantal Wentz, Volunteer Relations Manager, RISE Prison Reentry Program


This intimate portrait examines the impact of America’s war on drugs through three mothers attempting to rebuild lives derailed by drugs and prison. As Tomika, Lydia, and Amanda prepare to rejoin their families after years of incarceration, they enter an innovative prison program in Cleveland, Ohio where they lean on each other and mentors who have also been in prison. With the hope of redemption on the horizon, the women work to regain the trust of their children and combat stigmas associated with people who have been incarcerated.

APART premieres on Independent Lens on Monday, February 21 on pbs.org/apart and on the PBS Video App.

For more information about this film and other virtual screenings, be sure to visit NebraskaPublicMedia.org/engage.

Video Descriptions

APART | Pre-Show

Pre-show video

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APART | End Card Video

Closing video

74min 34sec


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    Maggie Berndt

    Community Engagement Manager | Nebraska Public Media


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    Alana Alexander


    Alana Alexander leads family programming for RISE where she is developing services to meet the needs of families impacted by mass incarceration practices. Before coming to RISE, Alana worked within child welfare where she led parenting classes, provided parental coaching, and offered individualized family support services within the boundaries of trauma informed care. Alana is also a formerly incarcerated person. After her release from prison, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in sociology and neuroscience and a graduate degree in biomedical sciences. Community wellness and delivering public health in a socially and culturally appropriate manner has been at the forefront of her educational goals. Alana believes communities should be engaged and invested in the lives of those who are being released from prison, not just for the emotional and financial benefit of the formerly incarcerated, but because this action makes the whole of society stronger. She is most passionate about what steps we can take individually and as a community to improve the health and well-being of us all.

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    Leah Butler


    Leah Butler is an assistant professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her research is centered on corrections, with an emphasis on the effects of race and racial attitudes on public opinion of correctional policy. She also conducts research on sexual victimization and intimate partner violence. In 2019, she was selected as a recipient of the Ruth D. Peterson Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Diversity by the American Society of Criminology.

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    Aubrey Mancuso


    Aubrey Mancuso is the Executive Director at Voices for Children in Nebraska. In her previous role with Voices she was responsible for overseeing policy and research efforts on family economic stability and health issues. Prior to joining Voices for Children, Aubrey worked for a non-profit providing service to chronically homeless adults with mental illness in New York. She also worked for the City of New York’s Food Stamp Program and United States Senator Jeff Bingaman. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University and a B.A. from Creighton University.

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    Chantal Wentz


    Chantal is passionate about reaching and connecting with people. You'll often find her meeting with leaders in the community, visiting with students and families, and creating meaningful conversations with all who cross her path. All of these assets make her an incredible Volunteer Relations Manager for RISE. A 2019 RISE Graduate, Chantal uses her lived experience to help encourage others. In addition to being a RISE graduate, she is an esteemed TedX speaker.

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