PBS’ long-running documentary series, ‘Independent Lens’, aims to take a deeper look at who America is as a country with the announcement of its winter/spring lineup. Joining the long list of acclaimed features is the Pilgrim Media Group hit film, Tre Maison Dasan.
The film, directed by Denali Tiller, follows three young boys each growing up with a parent in prison. Directly told through the children’s perspective, the film is an exploration of relationships and separation, masculinity, and coming of age in America when a parent is behind bars. Tre, Maison and Dasan are three very different boys. Tre is a tough 13 year old who hides his emotions behind a mask of tough talk and hard edges. Maison is a bright eyed 11 year old with an encyclopedic mind and deep love for those around him. Dasan is a sensitive 6 year old with an incredible capacity for empathy and curiosity. Their parents are not incarcerated for the low-level offenses that have become infamous in conversations around mass-incarceration, but their histories and relationships beg many questions about justice and the lasting and rippling effects of a system at large.
Tre Maison Dasan will premiere on ‘Independent Lens’ on April 1st with streaming available the day after.
See the entire ‘Independent Lens’ lineup at Realscreen.