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Old 05-21-2008, 11:22 AM
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Default A documentary on prison visitors

Hello Everyone,

My name is Melis Birder and I wanted to announce here about a documentary that I've been working on for 3 years now.

Some of you may already know or have heard about this project:

It's called The Visitors and it is about the passengers of charter buses that leaves New York City every weekend for various prisons located in upstate New York.

Reflecting the struggles of people living at the intersection of the confinement and the free world, the story follows the coordinator of the bus - Denise Robinson - whose husband is coming home soon after 17 years of imprisonment.

The film has a special meaning for me since I visited my ex-husband for 4 years at Clinton Correctiona Facility in New York. When I first started this journey, I was very determined that we would overcome all the obstacles. However our relationship couldn't resist the hardships of prison life and we had to get a divorce in 2004.

And this failure was devastating for me. The system had defeated us and I had lost faith in myself.

But I didn't want to give up on my fight and I've decided to set on another journey to make this film. And now, with the help of many people and organisations, we're very close to finish it.

With this film, among other things, we want to spark some public concern especially in communities where main prison legislation takes place and lead to a questioning about "policies" in prison by exposing the barriers to visiting and the ways the families manage this process.

If you're interested, you can email me directly at *email edited as per PTO policy, Please pm the member for more information*
to find out more about the project and what we're trying to do at the moment.

I want this film to reach as many people as possible

Thank you all very much for your time!
Melis Birder

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Old 05-21-2008, 11:28 AM
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I'm definatly interested in knowing more
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Old 05-21-2008, 11:49 PM
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I was fortunate to have seen the Screening of this documentary. You did a great job, Melis. I'm sorry your marriage did not survive this horrible system but I am glad you continued the film. It is a film the apathetic public needs to see. It certainly humanizes us (on both sides of the walls). Thank you for a job well done!
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Old 05-23-2008, 09:12 AM
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I would love to obtain more information on your documentary. Can you please let me know how I can access it?

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Old 05-28-2008, 11:37 AM
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The project sounds really wonderful. Like the others, how can I get more inforamtion about it? Thank you!
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The project sounds interesting I would like to learn more about this.
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congrats and much success!
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