A film by Cynthia Fitzpatrick

Our goal as a feminist film platform is to elevate all marginalized voices and to shed light on injustices all around the world. Every now and then we come across a film that is crowdfunding or seeking additional support to help them reach a larger audience. This month we are proud to showcase a film that everyone should see and support. A film with a subject matter that we believe can change the world - Inner Peace.

The Inside Peace documentary follows a group of inmates doing hard time in a Texas prison as they embark on a journey of personal discovery while struggling with society’s roadblocks and dangers. 

Inside Peace is changing lives as audiences engage with this story of men who had the courage and took a stand for choice, inner strength and self-peace while living in a hostile prison environment. They opened themselves up to “peace education”. If you’ve had the chance to view the award-winning documentary Inside Peace, you may already understand why we are working tirelessly to grow our audience.

Right now Inside Peace is at a critical crossroads. In order to move forward with our outreach goals, we are asking for your help and support. Toward that end, we have launched a crowd-funding site where you can participate with a financial contribution large or small to help reach some very specific objectives using the film as a lever for social awareness and positive change. Learn more about this effort, and how you can help.

These stories bleed through Inside Peace, and they are crucial to it, but they’re only part of what the film is about. The men manage to take the message to heart that they have value as people – no simple lesson… This is where, for the viewer, the awe comes in.
—Peace Behind Barbed Wire by Robert Koehler, Huffington Post

About Inside Peace

Four years in the making, Inside Peace is a feature documentary that focuses on four men incarcerated at the Dominguez State Jail in San Antonio, Texas, who embark on a journey of self-discovery.

With lives marked by generations of violence, addiction, and poor social conditions, they attend a Peace Class and begin the struggle to discover their humanity and rebuild their lives from the inside out.

Trinidad, David, Chase, and Jake grew up in neighborhoods with the same layers of deprivation that produce most incarcerated men and women in the United States: lack of education, poverty, joblessness, unstable family lives and a reliance on crime to survive.

All identified with the tough exteriors they presented to the world. Trinidad, a brutal street fighter. David, from his teens, a small-time drug dealer. Chase, a misfit, out of place his whole life. Jake, born into a family of addicts, addicted at an early age. They spent most of their youth and adult lives in and out of prison.

Inside Peace is a window into the hearts and minds of these men who chose to break this life-long cycle of negativity. With a supporting cast of fellow inmates, prison officials, experts and family members, the film follows these men as they learn to reintegrate with life by relying on the self-worth, inner strengths and understandings discovered in the Peace Class.

When released from jail, life becomes more treacherous as they try to live in a world filled with conflict, rejection and hostility. Faced with these familiar roadblocks at every turn, they must fight past temptations — those that led them to failure and jail in the first place.

If they can change the only belief system they’ve ever known and succeed in understanding their value as a human being, they just might have a chance at living better lives.



We are pleased to announce the release of Inside Peace throughout the PBS television network in the United States.

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All times are shown in local times. As the listings below were prepared in advance and are subject to change, for most accurate schedule please confirm date and time with your local PBS station listings directly. All stations have their schedules on the internet, and if you Google search the station call letters plus “schedule” you will be able to find their schedule page.

Inside Peace was also broadcast in 37 states on the PBS World Channel from September 4  – 10, 2017. View past broadcasts.

Cynthia Fitzpatrick speaking with inmates at the Dominguez State Jail

Cynthia Fitzpatrick speaking with inmates at the Dominguez State Jail

Meet the Filmmaker

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR  CYNTHIA FITZPATRICK  |  Though Inside Peace is her directorial debut as a documentary producer and director, Cynthia has been in the film business for the last 25 years and began her career at HBO as a feature script reader. She then moved on to producing and editing trailers for HBO feature films. Her editorial work has been associated with hundreds of titles, including a comedy series starring and directed by Tracey Ullman. She edited many “Behind the Scenes” for HBO as well as series for network syndication including the “The Sopranos”, “Six Feet Under” and “Sex and the City".

A note from Producer/Director, Cynthia Fitzpatrick

I’ve been a professional filmmaker for over 25 years, and when I first saw a Univision piece in 2011 about offenders from the Peace Class at the Dominguez State Jail in San Antonio, I knew the story about the effect the class had on inmates, reaching one fractured heart at a time, had to be told. For the last 4 years I’ve been capturing the story, with the help of a small, nimble San Antonio based crew, following the main characters from inside the prison to their return home. I hope you will be as moved as I was watching them struggle to find their inner strengths and face the challenges of re-entering a society that doesn’t quite believe rehabilitation is possible.

Premstar Santana