Sons and Daughters of the Incarcerated

Film phase: Production


Growing up is full of challenges, but for Tre, Maison, and Giana those challenges reach beyond friends, school, and middle school crushes. Sons and Daughters of the Incarcerated tells the story of three children whose fathers are in prison, and a formerly incarcerated mother who is now working to stop the cycle. How do the stigmas of incarceration shape their identities as they struggle to find their places in their communities and the world? What will it take to break the cycle of violence, crime, and imprisonment that pulls so hard on these kids’ lives and millions more like them?


Denali Tiller is the director and producer of Sons and Daughters of the Incarcerated, a feature documentary film about the children of imprisoned parents. As an artist and filmmaker, she is interested in youth and social justice issues, and using narrative to promote awareness and effect change. Based on her thesis film at RISD, she was named to Variety Magazine’s young filmmakers to watch list. Denali currently lives and works in Providence, RI.