Until We Have Faces
Until We Have Faces
a poetic documentary exploring death & life in five acts
 
 

A portrait that looks through the eyes of women incarcerated

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past | present|future

 
 
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We often look for signs of systematic change in the highest of places, yet it is often in the most profane of places that we find the fuel of this change.
— Stephen Apkon, The Age of the Image: Redefining Literacy In A World of Screens, p.15.

Synopsis

Until We Have Faces is a poetic documentary that takes the audience on a cinematic journey of the spiritual and corporeal identities of women facing life in prison in Pennsylvania. Rather than simply gazing in on these women that have been labeled violent offenders, the film creates an intimate portrait of their inner lives through exploring their perspectives, experiences, hopes, and dreams.


Structure

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The film takes on a poetic approach and structure. Rather than gazing in on the women, it seeks to see through their eyes by looking meditatively upon their experience. It explores their sense of experience and identity, particularly the relationship between their material and corporeal existence and how that shapes their spiritual and existential understanding of self and other.
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ACT I: WHEN I WAS A CHILD…

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ACT II: LIFE AFTER DEATH(ROW)

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Act III: Metamorphosis

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Act IV: Eden+Eve

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Act V: THE MOUNTAIN

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“Holy places are dark places. It is life and strength, not knowledge and words, that we get in them. Holy wisdom is not clear and thin like water, but thick and dark like blood.” 

― C.S. LewisTill We Have Faces

 
 
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