BECOMING FREE \ 40 mins \ United States

Becoming Free follows three young people who are returning home to  Washington, DC, after spending years or decades behind bars. Through a community-based program, they seek to break the cycle of poverty, violence and incarceration with entrepreneurship. But they are always walking the “thin line” that can lead back to prison with the smallest misstep along a new path to the future.


Special Jury Award - Awareness Festival; By The People Festival

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Kristin Adair

Kristin Adair is a Washington, DC-based documentary filmmaker and multimedia artist. She is deeply committed to collaborative storytelling that amplifies the voices of those impacted by the criminal justice system. She brings her legal background into her work as a storyteller by advocating directly for the interests of men and women incarcerated as juveniles and young adults in DC and beyond. She has produced a documentary film and multimedia project, Becoming Free, which looks intimately at the experience of coming home from prison after years or decades behind bars during the critical transition from youth to adulthood. Kristin is partnering with current and formerly incarcerated people to launch a new collaborative multimedia production company called Unchained Stories.

Kristin was one of 8 artists selected for the 2017-2018 inaugural cohort of the Halcyon Arts Lab, a fellowship program for artists working at the intersection of creativity and social impact. She received her MA in New Media Photojournalism from the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at the George Washington University in 2017. Previously she received her BS from Georgetown University in 2002 and her JD from the George Washington University in 2006. Her work has been published by NPR, the Washington Post, Yoga Journal, and through national and international non-profit organizations.

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