The Story

Benevolence follows the journey of the first group of residents as they are released from prison and move onto Benevolence Farm in Alamance County, NC. The film tracks the changing seasonal landscape during fall, winter and spring as the women learn to farm, harvest, pack and sell their produce, put the land to rest for the winter and prepare for new growth in the spring. Benevolence tells the story of what happens when you bring individuals who have never met together to live and work in a tight-knit group. It shows how the women learn from each other’s successes and failures, share their challenges openly and seek support and strength from the group. The film focuses intimately on the women, quietly recording their day-to-day interactions with each other and the staff as we follow these women on their difficult journey to renewed independence, confidence and self-worth as they learn employment and relationship skills and relearn what it means to live life on the outside.