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Second Chance: Building Bridges for Women After Incarceration (2023)



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2023-05-18

Duration: 00:40:48

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Independent filmmakers | Criminal justice, Administration of | Women prisoners


  • St. Cyr, Kara Moderator
  • Cargo, Lauren Grace Panelist
  • Mathis, Ivy Panelist
  • Niyogi, Anjali Panelist
  • Steib, Syrita Panelist


This program from May 18, 2023, features Kara St. Cyr moderating a panel discussion following a virtual screening of five short films from the Bridge Builders Collective from Independent Lens and Indie Lens Pop-Up. The panelists are: Lauren Grace Cargo, an independent filmmaker and co-producer for the Bridge Builders Collective; Ivy Mathis, a formerly incarcerated person and developer of a six-week reentry program called Life Support; Dr. Anjali Niyogi, the founder and director of Formerly Incarcerated Transitions, or FIT Clinic program; and Syrita Steib, a formerly incarcerated person and founder of Operation Restoration. They discuss: the Bridge Builders Collective project; the work of their organizations; the obstacles faced by women in their transition from prison to the outside world; and the resources available to help the transition.