'Middle of Nowhere'

About the Film

The winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Award for Directing, Middle of Nowhere is an elegant and emotional drama chronicling a woman’s separation from her incarcerated husband and her journey to maintain her marriage and identity. Through a chance encounter and a stunning betrayal, Ruby is propelled in new directions of self-discovery.

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CAMPAIGN UPDATE (December 28 2012): The FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making on lowering interstate prison phone call rates. This is a crucial step in passing the Wright Petiton. Ava DuVernay, writer/director/producer MIDDLE OF NOWHERE commented, "On behalf of the entire cast and crew and our partners at Participant Media, I'm honored that MIDDLE OF NOWHERE helped shed light on the painful issues facing loved ones of the incarcerated. Our film, however, is just one piece of the puzzle. Our good friends at Center for Media Justice continue to wage a vitally important campaign dedicated to abolishing the abhorrant practices around predatory prison phone rates. There is still much to be done. I believe that when people of conscience stand together righteousness blossoms, and look forward to the day when the Wright Petition is passed and families are able to connect and communicate without penalty."

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In February 2014, the FCC will implement new phone rate caps for long-distance calls paid by inmates in prisons and jails across America. However, local calls are still subject to predatory phone rate pricing. 

Stand with organizations like the Center for Media Justice and urge the FCC to cap rates for all local prison calls. 

Families pay the price for the high cost of prison phone calls. Learn more about what families face to stay connected: download the infographic.

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