Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } See Beyond

Tre Maison Dasan


Year: 2018
Country: USA
Run Time: 94 minutes

Tre Maison Dasan
Tre Maison Dasan
Tre Maison Dasan
Tre Maison Dasan

Tre, Maison, and Dasan are all very different from one another. Tre, 13, is a rebellious and defiant aspiring rapper. Maison, 11, is a precocious and energetic young man whose vocabulary far exceeds that of most preteens. And Dasan, six, is a sweet and tender-hearted boy who is often shy in front of the camera. What unites Tre, Maison, and Dasan is that each of them has a parent in prison…and they are not alone. Currently, one in 14 children in the United States have an incarcerated parent. Providing insight into the many childhoods marked by the criminal justice system, TRE MAISON DASAN follows the lives of these boys and explores the empty spaces that remain when a parent goes to prison. Both poignant and insightful with its fly-on-the-wall approach, this documentary shows that when mothers and fathers serve long sentences, it is not only the perpetrators who are punished. —G.S.

CIFF43 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 1:50 PM

Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 4:15 PM

ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition


Denali Tiller

Denali Tiller is an artist and filmmaker who was named one of 110 “filmmakers to watch” by Variety in 2015 for her short film, “Sons and Daughters of the Incarcerated,” which grew into this feature documentary. She has worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development and is currently adjunct faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design.


Rebecca Stern, Denali Tiller, Jon Gourlay

Jon Gourlay

Carlos Rojas

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