Beyond Bars: The Forgotten Women explores the issue of the incarceration of women in the State of Hawaii by revealing the women behind the stereotypes and exploring their ability to heal themselves and their communities in attempting to give both the women and those who work with them an audience and amplifier for their already powerful voices.
Beyond Bars: the Forgotten Women is our best effort to bring attention to an issue that we feel is important but largely ignored: the women prison population. Through this project we had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful women who all shine brilliantly in the work that they do. We shot more than we could use in a much longer documentary than the short one we made. There were many wonderful pieces that got cut and they are no less dear to our hearts on this project then what actually made it into the film. The people we interviewed absolutely astounded us with their stories, their integrity, and their generosity. It is our hope that we preserved all those qualities and have conveyed them to our audience. Thank you so much to our interviewees for their time, in one case welcoming us into their home, and most of all for sharing their stories and voices with us. We hope that this project will expand the conversation on the issues related to the incarceration of women and it is our hope that it will inspire those who see it to make positive changes in that area.
This film was produced during Making Media That Matters, an all-girls filmmaking afterschool program organized by Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking, in collaboration with Girls Court, Pū`ā Foundation, Teen Alert Program @DVAC, Ka Hale Ho‘ala Hou No Na Wahine, ‘Opio Haku Mo‘olelo, and Community Alliance on Prisons, and made possible thanks to the incredible generosity and support of Hawaii Photo Rental, 'Ōlelo Community Media Kaimuki and Mapunapuna Centers, The Atherton Family Foundation, Hawai‘i People's Fund, the Kim Coco Iwamoto Donor Advised Fund for Social Justice , the Hawai‘i State Commission on the Status of Women, and the ARTS at Marks Garage.
Maile Duffy, camera, sound
Maile Duffy is an eighteen-year-old high school senior. She has been involved with Hawaii Women in Filmmaking since the summer of 2013. She is a movie buff who loves the hands-on part of the process, including cinematography and different kinds of animation. When she is not involved with film she likes to surf, sail, and read. Maile is home-educated along with her younger sister.
Makena Duffy, director, producer, assistant editor, camera, sound
Makena Duffy is a sixteen-year-old homeschooler from Ewa Beach, Hi. This project has served as her introduction to the world of movie-making and she has loved every minute of it. She now counts filmmaking among her many passions and is considering studying film in college.
Raven Mollison, director, camera
Raven Mollison is a thirteen-year-old student from Windward side of Oahu. She has been involved with various projects with Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking. She is a passionate movie maker whose interests vary from short-film to non-fiction documentary. She loves directing, but has also acted in shorts and produced her own film projects in her spare time.
Kristina Nardo, producer
Kristina is twenty-one years old and a peer support employee of Project Kealahou, an all-girls grant that helps young girls through difficult times in their lives. She hails from Kalihi, and in her spare time Kristina loves to spend time with family and friends, dance, play volleyball, and eat. She has a close and personal connection with the women of the Pua Foundation and Prison Monologues, and she is so glad that both organizations are connected with the subject of this film project. She enjoyed working on this project and feels that she was in a great group.
Talissa Wright, main editor, camera, sound
Talissa Wright is a sixteen-year-old sophomore from Pacific Buddhist Academy. Her passion for making movies started in the 5th grade, and she became a certified Olelo producer in the 6th grade. Talissa is passionate about giving a voice to incarcerated women. From “Golden Girls” to “Star Wars,” the young teen draws inspiration from all sources. She hopes to attend a film college in the near future. She lives in Kaneohe, Hawaii.