Since I Been Down

“Since I Been Down” is an American story showcasing Tacoma, Wash., through the eyes of a community decimated by drugs, poverty and fear. Thrown into prison as children — not for education or rehabilitation, but for removal and punishment — as adults they cannot be silenced. Together they build a prisoners’ community of healing that extended beyond prison walls. The film is a dramatic chronicle of how gangs, fear, racism and power arrested the development of one American community. “Since I Been Down” spotlights prisoner Kimonti Carter and follows his efforts, as well as a wide group of prisoners, as they break free from their fate and create a model of education that is transforming their lives, their communities, our prisons, and our own humanity.

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About Freep Film Festival

The Freep Film Festival will showcase films that are about or relevant to Detroit, the region and Michigan in the hopes of fostering engagement and discussion about the issues and challenges we face while at the same time celebrating what makes us unique.