The lauded documentary, Tre Maison Dasan, is set to make its broadcast premiere on PBS’ Independent Lens on Monday, April 1st at 10pm, but before it does, Realscreen has an debuted an exclusive clip from the film.
The documentary feature came to both audience and critical acclaim after its premiere in 2018. Making the festival tour, Tre Maison Dasan, went on to win Best Documentary at Raindance as well as Best Feature Documentary at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
Directed by Denali Tiller, the film follows three boys growing up, each with a parent in prison. Directly told through the child’s perspective, it’s 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 Realscreen’s Exclusive Clip before the April 1st premiere at 10pm on PBS.