About Beyond Walls Shorts Program

Have you ever considered a world without prisons? Beyond Walls examines that very question. Through five short films, the program sheds light on the human spirit that cannot be contained by the carceral system. From an introduction to the idea of abolition, to maintaining relationships with loved ones inside, to practical alternatives to incarceration, each film demonstrates an abolitionist imagination. Stick around afterwards for a community conversation discussing a world without prisons.

A Q&A with THEKINGTRILL (activist, program director of Focus Initiatives Ltd) and Jada Bee (activist, musician, founding member of People’s Market, core councilmember for BLM Btown), moderated by Seth Mutchler of Care Not Cages and IU Cinema, will follow the screening. Learn more about Focus Initiatives and THEKINGTRILL.

Films in this program include:

  • What These Walls Won't Hold [2023 | Adamu Chan & Christian Collins | English with open captions | 26 min]
  • Defund the Police [2020 | Project Nia | English with open captions | 4 min]
  • I'm Free Now You Are Free [2020 | Ash Goh Hua & Arielle Knight | English with open captions | 14 min]
  • Practical Abolition [2021 | Amistad Law Project | English with open captions | 4 min]
  • Calls from Home [2023 | Sylvia Ryerson, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Mimi Pickering, Reuben Atlas | English with open captions | 26 min]

Any film screened at IU Cinema may contain content that viewers find sensitive or upsetting. Visit our Audience Advisories page to learn more.

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