Indie Lens Pop-Up: Apart

Indie Lens Pop-Up: Apart

Mon, 02/07/2022 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Credit: Tim Metzger, © Red Antelope Films

Tomika with her daughter

In a country leading the world in incarcerating women, meet three mothers fighting to rebuild their lives.

WXXI presents Apart, an Indie Lens Pop-Up presentation, followed by a panel discussion on Monday, February 7th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Little Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. Proof of COVID vaccination and masks are required for all events at the Little Theatre. See Little Theatre COVID safety guidelines for more information

Since the beginning of the War on Drugs, the number of women in U.S. prisons has grown drastically. The majority are mothers. Three unforgettable formerly incarcerated mothers, jailed for drug-related charges, fight to overcome alienation—and a society that labels them “felons”—to readjust to life with their families.

APART (Trailer) from Red Antelope Films on Vimeo.


Catherine Cerulli, JD, Ph.D. will facilitate the discussion. Dr. Cerulli has established a unique, scientifically based career path that seeks to combine legal, public health, and mental health perspectives to enhance the human rights and well-being of people marginalized due to economic, safety, health, and legal concerns. As a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and the Director of the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization, she has promoted research in diverse criminal justice, community, and health settings, and in 2016 cofound an innovative medical-law program that integrates health, legal, and advocacy services for victims of intimate partner violence (IPV). 

Diane S. Morse, MD
is a researcher, medical educator, clinical internal medicine physician, and Associate Professor at the University of Rochester Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine. She investigates the implementation of trauma-specific motivational, social media, and peer community health worker strategies to increase needed health services with justice-involved women and men with substance disorders and at risk of HIV, including those on probation, in drug treatment court, and recently released from incarceration. Her funding includes the National Institutes of Health, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, and Health and Human Services.

Rhonda Fumia was born in Rochester, New York, and served 9 1/2 years of an 11-year sentence in state prison. She was released in 2018, came home to a shelter, and spent time at the House of Mercy, Hope House, and the YWCA with help from the Rochester Housing Authority. While incarcerated at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility and Albion Correctional Facility she attended college at Marymount Manhattan College and Medaille College. Rhonda is working at ACCES VR as a peer recovery specialist currently. She is a strong woman with a great faith in God.

Cecily Hayes is an active community member, with lived experience, who helps to instruct University of Rochester Medical Students regarding care of people with substance use disorder and criminal legal involvement. She is employed at the Coffee Connection.

Crystal Dinsmore, CASAS, Primary Counselor, Huther Doyle

About Indie Lens Pop-Up
Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on the PBS series Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation.