Saturday Oct 15 12:30 pm | Entergy Giant Screen TheaterDOCUMENTARY SHORT
FIRSTDirectors Annie Freitas & Emily MacKenzie
Producer Sasha Solodukhina
Cinematographer Justin Zweifach
Editor Emily MacKenzie
Runtime 3 minutes
Screens in Louisiana Stories: Act Three, along with:
A Hidden History: The Story of the New Orleans Tribune
JoAnn Clevenger: A Girl Scout with Gumption
Painting a Normal Life
The New Orleans Sazerac
SYNOPSIS FIRST is a portrait of Dolfinette Martin, a formerly incarcerated mother of five children and a community organizer in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dolfinette was the first in her family to be incarcerated. At age 45, she was also the first to graduate from college. In prison, Dolfinette attended a computer skills class taught by the only black, female instructor in the vocational education program. Despite overwhelming bureaucratic and personal obstacles, Dolfinette graduated with an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences in 2015. Now, she wants to help other women who have been in prison to accomplish their educational goals and find not just a job, but a career. Through sharing her story, Dolfinette is able to connect with women to help them to find the strength and agency to persevere.
This short film was made possible by the Magnifying Glass fellowship.