AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY - Florida Film Festival | BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - Ojai Film Festival | GRAND JURY AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY - Awareness Film FestivalDeaf People in the Criminal Justice System • Disability Justice & Rights • Human Rights • American Studies • Art Therapy • Trauma and Healing • Women Studies
Date of Completion: 2022 | Run Time: 80 minutes | Language: American Sign Language, English, & Spanish (Coming Soon) | Captions: Open Captions with Audio Description Available | Includes: Transcript & Study Guide (Coming Soon, Available to Buyers Only) | Director & Director of Photography: Atin Mehra | Producers: Atin Mehra & Mae Thornton Mehra
BEING MICHELLE follows the astonishing journey of a deaf and disabled woman who survived incarceration and abuse under unimaginable circumstances by a system that refused to accommodate her needs as a deaf person with autism. Michelle’s trajectory changed when she met Kim Law, a blind volunteer life coach who teaches classes to people in prison. Today, outside of prison, Kim and Michelle are doing the difficult work of unraveling Michelle’s history, of telling the story of Michelle’s traumatic childhood and her adverse experiences in the criminal justice system. With the support of Kim, Michelle realizes her own voice and strength. Throughout the film Michelle’s artwork provides her own depiction of the trauma she survived as well as a means to her recovery. Ultimately, BEING MICHELLE is a story of redemption. It is about the bonds between women committed to thriving in a broken system, who are forging a path to healing that can only come through facing the truth and communicating it, together.