MARCH 16, 2007: SCREENS
Daily reviews and interviews
BY DIANA WELCH
Hard Road Home
D: Macky Alston
If only our broken parole system would take a couple of pointers from this movie, shot over eight months in East Harlem. Alston follows 21-year-old Griffik, out of jail just a week, to the offices of Exodus Transitional Community, where his case manager secures him job interviews and follows up with his employer if he manages to get one. Staffed entirely with ex-cons, ETC’s mission is to reduce recidivism by educating and supporting people who are going through what they went through: the struggle to stay on the right track, whether it’s drug addiction or the pressures of poverty that they are up against. Julio Medina, the founder and director of ETC, himself spent 12 years in prison for dealing, during which time he received his masters of divinity at New York Theological Seminary. Throughout the course of the film, even the most promising characters slip and fall, yet Medina still responds to them with a familial love that gives his short hospitalization for an “enlarged heart” a greater meaning.
- BECOMING THE PROMISED LAND: Faith, Community and The Prison Re-entry Population – June 12 & 13, 2008 in New York City
- Macky and Julio Interviewed on WBAI
- HRH to broadcast March 29th on WNET13
- U.S. Senate Passes the Second Chance Act of 2007!
- Macky Alston on WBAI- Sat March 22 – 12:10 pm
- Pop Matters Review
- Macky and Julio on NPR’s TELL ME MORE
- HARD ROAD HOME to be released on DVD February 2008!
- HARD ROAD HOME at Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater February 12
- INDEPENDENT LENS/PBS-Feb 26 2008 10pm