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Directed by Brian Lindstrom

United States 2015 30 mins.

The Family Preservation Project at Wilsonville’s Coffee Creek Correctional Facility works to keep imprisoned mothers in contact with their children, the common-sense theory being that the family that stays together stays out of jail together. Through emotional testimony from participants and intimate observation of the time they spend with their kids, Lindstrom makes a strong argument for the FPP as a humane and worthwhile expenditure of public money. The State of Oregon disagrees, and the program will be phased out later this year. The film hopes to reverse that decision by publicizing the program and its benefits, which include a recidivism rate of exactly zero percent. Mothering Inside is a continuation of the cinematic empathy Lindstrom has demonstrated since his first films, Kicking and Finding Normal.

Genres: Documentary

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.