Beyond the Wall

August Wilson Center
November 13
5:30 p.m.

Did you know that according to the Department of Corrections, there were 50,698 people in Pennsylvania prisons as of September 30?

The realities of incarceration are often hidden from the public. A new documentary film is turning its lens to this critical subject matter by focusing on the prison-to-home journey and ongoing struggles people face when rebuilding their lives after jail.

Don’t miss this chance to see a free screening of “Beyond the Wall,” and hear firsthand from the film’s creator and central participant.

Directed by Jenny Phillips and Bestor Cram, “Beyond the Wall” follows five formerly incarcerated men as they attempt to rebuild their lives with little support from the criminal justice system.

The powerful stories center around former prisoner Louie Diaz, who is now an advocate for incarcerated people. Working one-on-one to reach inmates before they’re released, Diaz helps each man “maintain his freedom by staying sober and being productive.”

Primarily filmed in Lowell and Lawrence, Massachusetts, the compelling and intimate film chronicles the hardships and barriers the men face as they seek education, support and employment.

Sponsored by The Pittsburgh Foundation, the screening will be followed by a Q&A with Philips and Diaz.

Registration is encouraged.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.