Film available October 15th to 29th | Live Q&A October 22nd at 5pm PT

Not another ‘broken prison’ film, but rather a ‘broken society’ film.

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Bianca, Treena, Laura, and Caitlin are a stark reflection of the troubling worldwide tendency to criminalize and imprison the most vulnerable in society — those most affected by poverty, addiction, childhood trauma, and mental illness.

Together with long-time prisoners’ rights advocate Kim Pate and others, these women collaborate with the filmmakers to answer a deceptively simple question: what would you have needed to avoid incarceration? Through art, photography, filmmaking and poetry, the women inside envision a more ideal world on the outside.

Their creative agency emerges as a force that empowers them to chart the course of their own lives, and they become increasingly engaged in making Conviction — not another ‘broken prison’ film, but rather a ‘broken society’ film.

Conviction takes us on a raw and cinematic journey, while making the impassioned argument that we would do better to create communities that heal and support our most vulnerable, rather than punish them further.

Live Q&A on October 22nd at 5pm PT with: 

  • Women featured in the film: Bianca Mercer and Tanya Bignell
  • Directors: Ariella Pahlke and Teresa MacInnes
  • Senator Kim Pate
  • Moderator: Lisa Lothian, Project Implementation Manager at community cause, EFry

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All ticket sale revenue will be donated to EFry.

EFry is a non-profit organization uniquely focused on delivering gender-specific support. The reasons for this are simple:

  • Women are primarily convicted of non-violent transgressions. There are not enough women in Canada’s prisons to financially merit equal access to the counselling, educational opportunities or transitional housing options available to men.
  • Gender plays a key role in women’s personal circumstances. Two-thirds of female inmates are parents and the vast majority are sole caregivers. Many struggle with addiction and mental illness. Virtually all live below the poverty line and some are homeless.

Our goal is to support criminalized and marginalized women, girls and children in achieving their potential. With the right support, we know females from difficult circumstances can transform their lives – and those of their families – for the better. Dignity, opportunity and equality are the gateway to a world of potential.

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  1. Purchase a ticket here or by clicking on the Get Tickets section.
  2. Check the Additional Info section of your confirmation email from Universe. It contains your receipt, along with details on how to access the film and register for the Q&A.
  3. Conviction will be available from October 15th at 9am PT to  October 29th at 11:59pm PT.
  4. Live Q&A on October 22nd at 5pm PT.

Reel Causes offers sliding scale pricing. Contact for a discounted ticket.

City of Vancouver
BC Arts Council
Canada Council for the Arts
SFU's Vancity Office of Community  Engagement
Consumer Protection BC