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After decades behind bars, three men set out to prove success can lie on the other side of tragedy.
“A really powerful film... [Life After Life] presents such a clear message about the strength of the human spirit.” John Raphling, Human Rights Watch
Life After Life follows the stories of Harrison, Noel, and Chris as they return home from San Quentin State Prison. After spending most of their lives incarcerated, they are forced to reconcile their perception of themselves with a reality they are unprepared for. Each struggles to overcome personal demons and reconstruct their fractured lives. Grappling with day-to-day challenges and striving for success, they work to reconnect with family and provide for themselves for the first time in their adult lives. Told in an unadorned verite style, we experience the truth of their heartaches and triumphs. As their stories unfold over weeks, months and years, the precarious nature of freedom after incarceration in America is revealed.
Tamara Perkins, Director | Producer | Writer, is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and changemaker focused on stories that inspire dialogue, empower and uplift voices from vulnerable communities. Pulling from her work in restorative justice as a grief support facilitator, speaker, and non-profit director she founded Apple of Discord Productions in 2006. Co-founding yoga and mindfulness non-profit Niroga in 2005 both inspired Tamara’s early short films and facilitated her relationship with San Quentin State Prison. Involved with grief and trauma support since 2001, Tamara’s experience facilitating groups for children, youth and adults has influenced her interviewing and storytelling practice and philosophy. Continuing to connect media, activism and healing, she developed programs such as the Wisdom Project and San Quentin Media Project which trained at-risk youth and incarcerated men in filmmaking as a tool for transformation.
Tamara’s recent film Life After Life began in her yoga class inside San Quentin State Prison when the men asked her to tell their story and continues to be a catalyst for learning and advocacy nationally. Tamara is a recipient of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s, Media for a Just Society Award, and was tapped to give a TEDx talk related to her film titled ‘Life After: Embracing our Common Humanity’. As a national speaker, Tamara’s repertoire spans filmmaking to prison issues and human rights. Tamara’s current film, The Waiting List, explores the lack of quality, affordable childcare and early education and the role of gender, race, and class on America’s early childhood education system. As a media activist and healer, Tamara envisions a future without prisons, where all trauma-impacted children, youth and adults are not met with harm but held in healing.