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 Best Canadian Feature Documentary Nominee 

2017 Canadian Screen Awards


Reviews & Interviews

"Unexpectedly moving... an unsettling mural of systemic damage." NYTimes CRITICS' PICK

— New York Times

"Story's film illuminates a void"

— The Village Voice

"The film we need in the present moment of the carceral state."

— Judah Schept, Antipode

"Elegant, haunting and vividly affecting."

— Winner: Special Jury Prize - Canadian Feature Documentary, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

"A gorgeous, raw, and nuanced film that left us breathless, broken and irate."

— Winner: The Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary, DOXA Documentary Film Festival

"Brilliant meditation on all kinds of imprisonment."

— Winner: EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary Feature, Alliance of Women Film Journalists

"An ingenious, prismatic approach" with "a consistent formal beauty."

— Variety

"offering a new visual frame through which we 'see' the prison operating in our midst"

- Interview with Independent Lens by PBS

"Story’s method is contemplative rather than urgent"

- Slate

 "A cinematic journey through a series of seemingly ordinary American landscapes"

- The Nation

"Artfully made, lyrically filmed… an unsentimental look at the ways prisons shape life outside their walls."

The Hollywood Reporter

"An impressive, genre-subverting work."

Filmmaker Magazine

"An incredible new documentary...which shines a harsh light on America's prison archipelago"

— Podcast with The Dig

"It is as if prisons, and the people inside them, have been disappeared"


"lush, lyrical imagery and a meditative pace to create a haunting examination of the prison system’s imprint"

Cleo Magazine

"The strongest of [True/False’s] three world premieres."

— Indiewire

"Masterful collections of vignettes" with "aesthetic adventurousness."

Paste Magazine

"Chilling and beautiful."


"Rating: NNNN." 

Now Magazine

"A prison film that refuses to blame those the prison systematically marginalizes."

The Michigan Daily

"An immersive, absorbing, and damning film."

Point of View Magazine