CPR – March 17, 2021

Screening Room.

This week, we play our audio from an event at the Screening Room in Kingston on March 4. This was part of a screening put on by the Prison4Women Memorial Collective of a clip of an untitled in progress film, followed by informal conversation with Joey Twins.

The film gathers personal photographs together with interviews, institutional archives, art, ceremony and music, this collective video project transmits the spirit of survival through story and intimate worlding in moving image and sound.

Joey Twins is a plains Cree woman from the bear clan of Alberta, Canada, and recipient of the 2020 Ed McIsaac Human Rights in Corrections Award. Joey is a public speaker and teacher who shares her knowledge and wisdom from her time inside of prison alongside lessons of survival, love and community.

In 1994 Joey and a handful of other woman who were incarcerated at the Kingston Prison for Women (P4W) engaged in physical combat with the prison guards after the women could no longer stand the abuse they were subjected to. P4W, made notorious with horror stories of psychiatric experimentation and abject abuse of human rights, was finally shut down in 2000.

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