Exposé Award, 2015
Inside Peace (USA, 77 min)
Directed & Produced by Cynthia Fitzpatrick
Four years in the making, “Inside Peace” focuses on three compelling characters, Trinidad, David and Jake, who begin to change when they enroll in the Peace Class at Dominguez State Jail in San Antonio, Texas. They all grew up in neighborhoods with the multiple layers of deprivation that produce most of the offenders in this country. Each of them had come to identify with the hardened criminal exterior they presented to the world:
Trinidad was a street fighter, feared inside jail and out.
David was a drug dealer, fending for himself on the streets at 18.
Jake was a drug addict, born into a family of addicts.
While the news sensationalizes violence and tragedy and TV networks pump out behind bars reality shows, Inside Peace gives us a window into the hearts, minds, and struggles of three men who make the difficult choice to break out of the cycle of crime.
With a supporting cast of other inmates, prison officials, experts and family members, Inside Peace takes us down a bumpy road, as we witness how chronic criminal offenders gradually begin to change the way they see themselves and their place in the world.
The road becomes even more treacherous when they are released from jail and face a world that doesn’t always say, “Welcome home.”
- Festival Screening: Sunday March 22nd, 2015 approx. 3:27 pm