Morehouse College Human Rights Film Fest

First Week Out

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Larry Williams spent the last 42 years in prison. We follow his first week of freedom. In 1979, Larry Williams entered prison and was released 42 years later.


FIRST WEEK OUT follows Larry’s pivotal first week of freedom. Follow Larry in his first week out as he tries to make sense of his past, navigates life in a re-entry home, reunites with an old prison friend, applies for a job, meets with a new mentor, and to forge a path forward. Research has shown that the first week out of prison for formerly incarcerated men and women will define their future success or failure. After serving their sentences, it is vital for individuals to have an opportunity to become functioning members of society. Every week there are more than 10,000 people in America like Larry experiencing their first week out of prison. Within three years, two out of three won’t make it and will end up back in prison. We wanted to tell Larry’s story to encourage viewers to join the thousands of people and organizations across the country helping individuals like Larry beat the odds.


This screening is supported in part by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Morehouse College's Movement, Memory, and Justice Project.

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    21 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Charles Fritschner
  • Producer
    Dugan Bridges, Remo Wakeford, Erica Hilbert