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"A compelling documentary. . . A deeply moving story about these women, their journey and what it means to be a mother."
- Hot Docs International Film Festival

"Confronts crucial issues facing the American criminal justice system."

- Human Rights Watch

MOTHERS OF BEDFORD | Women Make Movies | Trailer
MOTHERS OF BEDFORD | Women Make Movies | Trailer


Women's History Month Broadcast 

on America ReFramed





Eighty percent of women in US prisons today are mothers of school-age children. 


Filmed over four years at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, Jenifer McShane's MOTHERS OF BEDFORD explores the effects of a long-term prison sentence on the relationship between a mother and child. 

The documentary follows five prisoners and mothers in dual struggles to be engaged in their children's lives and become their better selves. Is it possible to become a better mother while serving time in a maximum security prison?


Whether it be parenting's normal frustrations to celebrating a special day, from both inside and out of the prison walls, this moving film provides unprecedented access to a little known, rarely shown, community of women.

This broadcast is part of the Women's History Month program on America ReFramed. Check local listings for more MOTHERS OF BEDFORD broadcasts on PBS throughout the month. Follow #WomensHistory to find out more about the Women's History Month programming on World Channel
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Since our beginnings in 1972, WMM has grown from a feminist filmmakers' collective into an industry-leading nonprofit media arts organization and distributor. For over 40 years, WMM has transformed the landscape of filmmaking for women directors and producers, bringing the issues facing women around the world to screens everywhere. Now, with more than 550 films in our catalog, including Academy®, Emmy®, Peabody and Sundance nominees and award winners, WMM is the largest distributor of films by and about women in the world.

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