New Documentary Gives A Voice to Incarcerated women through art and shoes

DALLAS - Sept. 24, 2019 - PRLog -- A new documentary byaward winning filmmaker focuses on female inmates in a Dallas jail looking at their lives in the shoes they have worn, the shoes they are wearing, and the shoes they hope to wear through an empowering prison art program.

In Her Shoes, produced and directed by Cynthia Salzman Mondell of nonprofit Media Projects, Inc. follows 64 women incarcerated at Dallas County Jail rebuilding their lives. The film is available for festival screenings and will also be distributed to prison programs, nonprofits working with women in crisis, and college course programs.

At the jail, shoes are more than a fashion statement. From vertiginous stilettos to trainers to "jail crocs" handed to them by prison staff, the women's drawings of their footwear reveal their troubled paths and hopes for a brighter future. Some of the inmates, who are behind bars for a year up to two decades for crimes like prostitution, theft, embezzelment and drug offences, speak for the first time about the physical and sexual abuse they endured during their childhood and onwards.

Mondell, a co-founder of Media Projects, Inc., first came up with the idea when her mother was dying of pancreatic cancer. She and her sister Ann found a brand new pair of red high heels in her closet which "sparked a light in my Mom" says the director.

"I feel strongly that this film will shine a light on invisible women and hopefully lead to changes in our prison system," she says.

For interviews with Cynthia Salzman Mondell  contact: Cynthia Salzman Mondell , 214826-3863 Photos on request

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