Finding the Words: the Story of Voices from Inside Film Premiere



Academy of Music Theater (133 Main Street, Northampton MA)

Finding the Words: the Story of Voices from Inside

Film Premiere and Q&A at the Academy of Music on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 7pm

Tickets are FREE and all are invited to attend!

About the Documentary

Finding the Words is about the creativity, joy, and resilience of women in Western Massachusetts, who overcome adversity through writing. The filmmakers partnered with Voices from Inside to explore how writing workshops can support women who are currently or formerly incarcerated, as well as those who have experiences with addiction and recovery. Finding the Words will bring you inside the Franklin County jail, into the homes of formerly incarcerated women, and into their local community centers and theaters so that you can hear their stories firsthand.

This film weaves the personal narratives of Jacqueline, Sonia, Daisy, Judy, Amie, and Kay Kay, along with insights from scholars, to help audiences understand the circumstances that can lead to incarceration and addiction, as well as how writing can be a tool for hope and healing. Finding the Words comes with an interpretive guide created in collaboration with the women featured so that they can continue to shape our understanding of their experiences beyond the runtime of the film. =

Finding the Words will premiere at the Academy of Music in Northampton on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 7pm. Tickets are FREE and all are welcome. The screening will be followed by a public dialogue with the filmmakers and the women featured in the film. This event is presented in partnership with the Northampton Department of Health and Human Services and also supported by Northampton Open Media, Northampton Arts Council, Community Action, HampshireHOPE, Mass Cultural Council, Greenfield Savings Bank, Five College Realtors, Aspect Six Architectural Photography, and Arts Equity Group. The production of this film was made possible in part by generous support from MassHumanties and Northampton Open Media. To watch the teaser, reserve a ticket, and learn more about the film, our team, and related statistics, please visit