Families Separated by Bars Featured in Independent Films film “Tre Maison Dasan”
An estimated one in 14 American children is growing up with a parent in prison. This reality many children in America have to face has a huge impact on their lives. Beyond not having a parent at home, these kids have to grow up facing the pressures of growing up in a society that often demonizes their parents, provides little support for their families, and assumes “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” See these hardships through the eyes of three children – Tre, Maison and Dasan – in the Independent Lens special Tre Maison Dasan.
Tre is a charismatic, but troubled, 13-year-old who hides his emotions behind a mask of tough talk and hard edges. Maison is a funny, charming, hyper-articulate 11-year-old whose Autism Spectrum Disorder presents itself through his ever-active mind and deep love for those around him. Dasan, the youngest of the boys, is a shy and sensitive six-year-old full of curiosity and empathy. Although their parents are incarcerated for serious crimes, their strong and caring relationships with their children shatter stereotypes about those behind bars and remind us of the plight of the over 1.7 million American children growing up with an incarcerated parent.
"As Tre, Maison and Dasan taught me about their worlds, I recognized that there was a need for a film that allowed children to speak for themselves, to elevate their voices in a way that fully represented their lives as they experience them,” filmmaker Denali Tiller said in a press release. “Through this participatory process, the audience is led through the ups and downs of life itself — an experience that is riveting, personal, hilarious and heartbreaking, and values the complexity and nuance of these boys' different realities.”
Tre Maison Dasan premieres Monday, April 1, at 10pm on CET and Thursday, April 4, at 10pm on ThinkTV16.