Film about prisoners re-entering society screening in metro Atlanta

Film about prisoners re-entering society screening in metro Atlanta

Credit: Mario Tama

Credit: Mario Tama

A documentary about the challenges faced by those who are released from prison is being screened around metro Atlanta.

“Released: When Does the Sentence End?” was produced by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for North Georgia. The film explores how citizens returning to society “continue to pay for the mistakes of their past while still holding out hope for the future,” according to a news release. The film highlights the employment and other barriers faced by former prisoners.

In late August, Gov. Nathan Deal attended the premiere of the documentary. Deal is one of two dozen people who are featured in the 45-minute movie.

The film will be shown during an event Wednesday at Georgia Power headquarters, 241 Ralph McGill Blvd, at 5:30 p.m. (doors open 30 minutes prior). The free and public event — held in partnership with the Metro Atlanta Reentry Coalition and the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources — includes dinner, networking and resources available after the film and panel discussion.

Screenings are also scheduled for Kennesaw State University Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m.; the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m.; and Clark Atlanta University's Davage Hall, Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. For more Georgia screenings, visit the website.

The movie was directed by Forrest Tuff, a Georgia native.

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