INTRODUCED BY DIRECTOR CHERYL DUNYE
Cheryl Dunye's Stranger Inside tells the story of a young African-American woman's reckless journey to become reunited with the mother she never knew, set in the harsh realities of a women's correctional facility. Treasure Lee has been in and out of the juvenile detention system as long as she can remember. Now, on her 21st birthday, she is being transferred to the State Facility for Women with one goal on her mind--to fulfill her dream of meeting her mother, a seasoned convict serving a life sentence.
Based on her study of mid-1800s slave narratives recounting the forced separation of family members, Dunye began exploring this contemporary mother-daughter reunion story while she was an artist-in-residence at the Walker in 1999. During a writing workshop at the Minnesota Correctional Facility for Women in Shakopee, inmates collaborated with the filmmaker by sharing their personal stories of life inside the prison. "I wanted to create a slice of life of poor women living in the 21st century," says Dunye. "Unfortunately, many of these women happen to inhabit the prison system, and I decided to focus on what it was like inside this community." 2001, U.S., 35mm, 88 minutes.
A reception in Gallery 8 Restaurant, sponsored by the Minnesota Film Board, follows this evening's screening.
THIS EVENING IS MADE POSSIBLE BY PROGRAM ASSISTANCE FROM HBO TELEVISION.
WOMEN WITH VISION: CROSSING BOUNDARIES IS MADE POSSIBLE BY GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM THE MINNESOTA WOMEN'S FOUNDATION AND THE BUSH FOUNDATION, WITH ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM THE MINNESOTA FILM BOARD.