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MILWAUKEE 53206 chronicles the harsh reality of those living in the zip code that incarcerates the highest proportion of African American men, up to 62%. Through the intimate stories of three 53206 residents, we witness the high toll that excessive sentencing and mass incarceration takes on individuals and families. Beverly Walker, a mother of five, tirelessly works to raise her children and free her husband Baron from an excessive prison sentence. Chad Wilson, a newly released citizen, confronts the uphill battle of finding viable employment with the help of Dennis Walton who works with fathers re-entering society from prison.
MILWAUKEE 53206 personalizes the crisis of mass incarceration and intimately depicts the destructive hold this system has on the families and the communities it affects. The stories in this film are not unique to 53206 and can be used to inspire change in ZIP codes across the country. MILWAUKEE 53206 can be used as a tool to educate and activate your community, house of worship, university, and/or workplace.
As of March 31, 2018, 175 screenings of MILWAUKEE 53206 have been held in 21 states and 48 screenings have been held in faith-based communities representing 12 denominations. More than 15,000 people have seen MILWAUKEE 53206 via screenings. This number has increased since the film’s National TV Broadcast on WORLD Channel’s America Reframed on April 3 and is still available for streaming here. Additional screenings have taken place at seminal educational institutions, community/service organizations, advocacy groups and government institutions such as:
We focused on engaging faith leaders with interest and influence over criminal justice reform along with related secular organizations. Our partners have screened the film, participated in panels, shared social media content, worked with us to develop campaign resources, connected us to additional stakeholders and influencers, written screening stories and blog posts, and endorsed the film through testimonials.
These partners include: Healing Communities USA, The Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative, WISDOM, Urban Institute, Prison Fellowship, Union Theological Seminary and many more.
Film subject, Beverly Walker and Director, Keith McQuirter, also appeared in a Facebook LIVE to discuss common misconceptions of mass incarceration and the repercussions this has on families.
To date the film has been awarded the Special Recognition Award at the (In)Justice for All Film Festival 2017, Best Documentary at the Urbanworld Film Festival 2017, National Council on Crime and Delinquency Media for a Just Society Award and more. Additionally, on Thursday, September 13 the film screened at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 48th Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. The screening was followed by a panel moderated by Odyssey Impact’s Head of Social Impact and Communications, Melissa C. Potter, with Van Lathan, Senior Producer at TMZ and host of the Red Pill Podcast, Twyla Carter, Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, Rev. Derrick Harkins, Senior Vice President for Innovation in Public Programs at Union Theological Seminary, Indira Henard, Executive Director at the D.C. Rape Crisis Center and very special guests Baron and Beverly Walker, featured in the documentary. Baron was released from prison after 22+ years on August 17, 2018.
To learn more about MILWAUKEE 53206 visit the documentary website.