Echoes of Incarceration: Documentary by Youth with Incarcerated Parents

Echoes of Incarceration is an award-winning documentary initiative produced by youth with incarcerated parents. The project explores the issue of mass incarceration and its effects on families, and creates documentary films told from the life experiences of the filmmakers themselves.

The project is a collaboration between filmmaker Jeremy Robins and a group of non-profit organizations and advocates around the country. The process starts with intensive filmmaking and advocacy training for youth age 16-22. The crew then launches into production of documentary films under the guidance of a team of professional filmmakers and experts in the field of criminal justice.

The ultimate goal is to give voice to one of the largest and most invisible social issues of our times, and to harness the intelligence, energy, and creativity of young people to rethink our understandings of crime and punishment.

Population of focus: Youth with incarcerated parents

Link to resource: Echoes of Incarceration website

Date: 2009

Organization: The project is a collaboration between Ibis Productions Inc. and the Osborne Association’s program for Children of Incarcerated Parents, with guidance from the Family and Correction Network’s National Resource Center for Children and Families of the Incarcerated and support from Downtown Community Television and Hour Children.