Pilgrim’s latest documentary Tre Maison Dasan recently had its Washington DC premiere at AFI Docs on June 14-18th. During that time, Mason and Dasan paid a visit to Capitol Hill and met with their Rhode Island senators and congressman to lobby for change with how incarcerated parents get to interact with their children.
Tre Maison Dasan is an intimate portrait of three boys growing up, each with a parent in prison. Directly told through the child’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.
Check out the photos of the Capitol Hill visit with Tre, Maison, Dasan and the filmmakers below:
From Left To Right: Stephanie Moniz (Dasan’s mother/formerly incarcerated), Denali Tiller (Director), Representative Jim Langevin (D- RI, 2nd District), Maison Teixeira (Producer/Subject), Dasan Lopes (Producer/Subject)
Dasan Lopes (Producer/Subject) at Capitol Building
(L to R): Denali Tiller (Director), Dasan Lopes (Producer/Subject), Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), Maison Teixeira (Producer/Subject), Rebecca Stern (Producer), Stephanie Moniz (Dasan’s mother/formerly incarcerated)
Dasan Lopes (Producer/Subject) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
(L to R): Denali Tiller (Director), Maison Teixeira (Producer/Subject), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Dasan Lopes (Producer/Subject), Stephanie Moniz (Dasan’s mother/formerly incarcerated)