Introducing FIRSTHAND: Life After Prison – Screening & Discussion

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Introducing FIRSTHAND: Life After Prison – Screening & Discussion


Mon, February 13, 2023
6:00 pm


WTTW Studios
5400 N St Louis Ave
Chicago, IL 60625


You are invited to the in-person kickoff event for FIRSTHAND: Life After Prison, a year-long WTTW initiative that will offer an intimate look at the challenges and opportunities facing people returning from prison – and the communities to which they return – through short documentaries following five formerly incarcerated Chicagoans.

Through these five very different stories, guests will get a firsthand look at the barriers that returning residents face as they seek out housing, food, jobs, education, and healthcare – all while carrying the stigma of a criminal record. These stories will also offer glimpses of solutions, in some cases offered by the returning men and women themselves as they navigate the post-incarceration world, and also by the nonprofits and government agencies that address the needs of this population. And these stories will be rich with character development and plot-driven drama, as viewers become invested in each character and the high stakes attached to his or her successes and failures.

FIRSTHAND: Life After Prison is part of the award-winning FIRSTHAND multiplatform, multi-year initiative focusing on the firsthand perspectives of people facing critical issues in Chicago. Visit the website on February 13, 2023 to explore the project.

Illinois Humanities is the 2023 Community Engagement Partner for WTTW’s FIRSTHAND: Life After Prison.

Lead support for FIRSTHAND: LIFE AFTER PRISON is provided by Ann and Rich Carr. Additional support is provided by The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation; the Leo Krupa Trust; Denny and Sandy Cummings; and the Marc and Jeanne Malnati Family Foundation.

The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of Leo Krupa Trust.

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