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Introduction: Life After Life (01:39)


The prison system releases over 650,000 people every year; two out of three will reoffend within three years. This film follows the story of three individuals released from San Quentin State Prison. (Credits)

San Quentin Parolees (08:30)

Harrison, 37, has served 21 years of a life sentence for murder. Noel, 47, has served 30 years of a life sentence for murder. The men reflect on their experiences. Noel paroles at his sister's house; his children reflect on growing up with an incarcerated father.

Options Recovery Services (03:32)

Harrison paroles at a halfway house in Oakland, CA; he must attend daily counseling to maintain residency. Harrison has been out of prison for four days and is trying to adjust to life on the outside.

Taking Responsibility (03:33)

Chris, 27, has been out of prison for eight months; he served 10 years for armed robbery and drug possession. Chris paroles at his pregnant girlfriend's house; he reflects on his lifestyle. Noel, Harrison, and Chris will be on parole for at least four years.

Adjustment Period (07:48)

Harrison and Noel spend time together. Family responsibilities are important to Noel; his mom dies 45 days after his release. Adjusting to life on the outside is confusing; Harrison rides BART for the first time. Noel and Chris reflect on money.

Recognizing Behaviors (05:21)

Noel reflects on seeing things he does not like. Harrison describes his drug use and recognizing addiction. Chris reflects on innocence and survival; his father stabbed his mother when he was five. Chris’ mother discusses his behavior.

Prison and Society (03:25)

Race is an incarceration issue. Noel's neighborhood is one of the worst in Stockton, CA; he discusses his background and criminal history.

Domestic Violence and Gangs (09:16)

Harrison reconnects with family. He discusses his childhood, experiences with abuse, gang involvement, and criminal activity. Harrison's mother and aunt describe incidents of abuse.

Moving Forward (03:58)

Noel spends time with his new, younger girlfriend. Deidre is a high school counselor that specializes in high-risk youth. Harrison enrolls at San Francisco State University; he envisions becoming a teacher or counselor.

Felony Offenses (05:25)

Police arrest Chris for armed robbery; he faces multiple charges. Chris speaks with his lawyer about possible prison time. His girlfriend goes into labor. Chris sees his baby daughter for the first time at his sentencing hearing.

Family Loss (04:18)

Noel spends time with his father. He reflects on the DA filing a motion to reconsider his release order and possibly returning to prison. One year after his release, Noel's father dies.

Managing Emotions and Stress (06:42)

Someone steals Harrison's bike. He reflects on his life and school. Noel attends his final parole hearing; the board finds him suitable for parole. Noel and Deidre get married and have a baby.

Personal Growth (05:58)

Chris explains his return to prison. Harrison reflects on fear, maturation, and acceptance; he spends time with family. Noel becomes a father and Harrison graduates college. Updates: Chris and Veronica have separated, Noel is happily married with two children, and Harrison founded Roots2Reentry.

Credits: Life After Life (02:04)

Credits: Life After Life

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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.

Length: 72 minutes

Item#: BVL281815

ISBN: 979-8-88678-434-3

Copyright date: ©2018

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