“The Mothers of Bedford” free film about mass incarceration

    July 25, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Loft Cinema
    3233 E Speedway Blvd
    Tucson, AZ 85716

    Mothers of Bedford


    Part of the Art for Justice Film Series presented by The University of Arizona Poetry Center.

    Eighty percent of women in US prisons today are mothers of school-age children. Mothers of Bedford tells the story of five women, mapping the experience of motherhood through the lens of mass incarceration.  Filmed over four years, the film chronicles Sister Elaine Roulet’s work in the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, where Roulet works to allow greater access between incarcerated mothers and their children.  Join us after the film for a Q & A with Director Jennifer McShane.

    Mothers of Bedford

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Outstanding series of films/documentaries that ALL should see. Explains where America and its people find themselves today. Who is going to stop the machinery of destruction by our government joined at the hip with the profiteers in human misery? The US #1 jailer in the world, America “land of the free” (a myth?). Shameful.

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