VIFF 2019: Conviction


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      Heartbreaking yet quietly encouraging, this fly-on-the-wall NFB doc follows a half-dozen young women in and out (and in again) of a Nova Scotia prison.

      Aided by art teachers, notably sympathetic officers, and at least one heroic politician (Sen. Kim Pate), several of the inmates engage a system that has so far defeated every attempt at reform, designing a new kind of release program that leaves them with some hope on the horizon.