Susan, a short documentary directed by Emma Hewitt and Tessa Blake, is a story of hope, heartache, and an amazing woman fighting the odds to rebuild lives after prison.
The film premiered on the Google-funded youtube channel WIGS in December, 2012 and has since aired on Moyers & Co alongside an interview with Michelle Alexander, the author of The New Jim Crow.
Part of a growing movement to end mass incarceration in America, the film profiles Susan Burton and, her organization A New Way of Life.
After serving six prison sentences, Susan broke the cycle of incarceration and has helped other women to do the same. With a network of five houses in South Central, A New Way of Life helps women and girls live free from the criminal justice system.
Susan is about injustice and compassion, about despair and determination, and ultimately, about building a better America.