Film & Art

"We are change agents. We've made change in ourselves, we've made change in our community, and those changes we've made in our community in prison actually reached outside the prison."

Co-Director and Co-Founder, Center for Justice at Columbia University

WJP created this 5-minute film in partnership with Echoes of Incarceration. The film highlights the experiences of children whose mothers were incarcerated in New York, perspectives that are often overlooked and devalued. The film draws its title from the insight of one child who shared, “I was feeling mad when my mom went away because I missed her so much, and when she came back, I felt that I was like the sun.”

WJP produced this 7-minute film with filmmaker Chanelle Elaine and the Creative Bionics team. The film presents the story behind the Transformation event WJP organized in partnership with its Women’s Building working group on January 14, 2017 at the now closed Bayview prison in Manhattan. The piece uplifts the leadership of formerly incarcerated women in the Women’s Building project, which was ongoing at the time of the film’s creation.

WJP coordinated this piece with muralist Katie Yamasaki, WJP’s Women’s Building Working Group, and mothers and children who are part of the Hour Children community. The mural’s two vibrant 8’ x 10’ canvas panels depict women on both sides of the walls creating community and sisterhood, resisting dehumanization and confinement, and claiming their power to transform themselves and the world. Katie Yamasaki notes that the mural’s gold coloring “symbolizes the sacred, precious nature of every life on the inside,” and connects to Japanese art’s use of gold to bring light to dark spaces.

WJP created this 8’ x 16’ display, designed by artist Troy Lambert, to highlight incarcerated women’s powerful interpretations of the concept of transformation. The contributions, which include poems, art, and writings from women serving sentences from five years to 75 years to life, are woven together with a quilt motif, building on the role quilts have played in activism and storytelling.

WJP created this 8’ x 8’ interactive piece, designed by artist Troy Lambert, in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter and Say Her Name movements. The display honors women and gender expansive people who have lost their lives to state violence as of 2017 and draws the connection between the violence that Black, Indigenous, and people of color experience in the community and the violence they experience as a result of criminalization and incarceration.