Homie UP: Stories of Love and Redemption is a documentary about families whose lives are changed by mass incarceration after having a beloved family member incarcerated. This film is devoted to sharing how prisons affect not just those inside but how the prison walls also penetrate outward into families and communities. English and Spanish with subtitles. Homie UP is funded by the Community Stories Grant of Cal Humanities.
The film provides an in-depth examination of the individuals within a complex system to explore their connection to family, school, and community. They were born and raised in our communities. They attended California’s public schools. They are intimately connected to family and friends. Regardless of the distance, family members track their whereabouts and find their loved ones to maintain regular communication, even if it means paying exorbitant fees for such communication and connection. This ongoing dialogue and exchange between the prison cell and home/school gives us snapshots of the human dimension behind prison life. In their own words, we hear from individuals who find themselves incarcerated and have learned to express themselves and to think critically through art, poetry, essays and letters.
About Homie Universidad Popular (Homie UP)
Homie Universidad Popular cultivates education among incarcerated students creating a future beyond prison walls. It captures stories that offer a unique insight into arduous journeys, illustrating what academics commonly call the “school to prison pipeline.” According to American Civil Liberties Union, the school-to-prison pipeline refers to the policies and practices that push our nation’s schoolchildren, especially our most at-risk children, out of classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. This pipeline reflects the prioritization of incarceration over education (ACLU 2014).
The Homie UP story collection ruptures the school-to-prison pipeline because it vividly describes experiences within California’s public educational system, California’s criminal justice system, immigration system, and California’s prison system. The program is devoted to sharing how prisons affect not just those inside but how the prison walls also penetrate outward into families and communities. We aim to amplify powerful voices which will invite the community to engage in dialogue to rethink ideas and perceptions of how mass incarceration affects us all.
Homie UP News
Homie UP: Stories of Love and Redemption has been selected as one of the top documentary films of the year by the Atlanta International Documentary Film Festival, and the jury has awarded it with the Silver Award at the Spotlight Documentary Film Awards!Read More