Hidden Lives Illuminated: Film Screenings

15 Aug - 12 Sep 2019
2100 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130

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Digital composite of Eastern State Penitentiary’s Hidden Lives, Illuminated, 2017. Photo courtesy of Greenhouse Media.

Eastern State Penitentiary’s Hidden Lives Illuminated brings the often invisible stories of people living in prisons to light, offering a rare look inside America’s correctional system through four newly commissioned, animated short films created by currently incarcerated artists.

Nightly screenings will be grouped into four themed weeks, addressing subjects that include “Community and Family Impact” and “Restorative Justice.” Concurrent programs will feature presentations by scholars, community leaders, activists, artists, victims’ advocates, and elected officials.

The project culminates in a one-night festival during which all films will be screened, along with documentaries about the artists, which will play inside the historic site’s cellblocks.

Screenings are free and open to the public.