Mothering Inside

Higher Education DVD + PPR: $189.00

Mothering Inside


Chronicles the experiences of incarcerated women and their children as they participate in the Family Preservation Project, a program designed to interrupt the cycle of intergenerational criminal justice involvement, poverty, and addiction, and promote healthy mother-child relationships, support successful reentry, and decrease recidivism.

. . . a courageous film that challenges commonly held beliefs about incarcerated mothers and their abilities to build, rebuild, and maintain positive parent-child relationships.”

—Keva M. Miller PhD, LCSW
Acting Dean, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Associate Professor
School of Social Work
Portland State University

Higher Education DVD + PPR $189.00
Higher Education DVD + PPR + Streaming License $339.00
K-12 and Nonprofit Groups DVD + PPR $89.00

Makes us question the prison system on a visceral level: as viewers, we feel the love mothers and kids have for each other, and the feeling of loss and pain every time they have to say goodbye. This film is a wonderful example of how stories have the ability to create powerful change.”

        —Enie Vaisburd, Media Arts Professor, Pacific University Oregon

Mothering Inside follows the women and children of the Family Preservation Project (FPP) at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Oregon over the course of a year. FPP works to re-establish healthy bonds between inmate moms and their children. Midway through filming, the Oregon Department of Corrections announced plans to cut FPP. After an intense public outcry, spurred in part by screenings of an earlier version of the film, Oregon Governor Kat Brown signed legislation that funds FPP for two years.

‘Mothering Inside’ looks at one ray of hope for those who find themselves caught up in the criminal justice system.”

        —Marc Mohan, The Oregonian

Run time: 29 minutes; Contains English Subtitles


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Brian Lindstrom is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon. He holds an MFA in screenwriting and film directing from Columbia University and BA in communications from Lewis and Clark College. Since 1994 Lindstrom has taught in the Northwest Film Center’s Filmmaker’s Program, using video as a tool of empowerment for at-risk youth. His recent documentaries include Alien Boy: the Life and Death of James Chasse and Finding Normal.