Out Of The Ashes: Where a Seed Finds Life [DVD+Discussion Guide]

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Product Type

Printed discussion guide and DVD.


Out of the Ashes is a powerful 32-minute film — a one-act play, of sorts — intended to start the discussion and healing process with children and fathers impacted by a father’s incarceration. In 1994, at the age of 21, Coley Harris was incarcerated for 14 years in prisons within the Delaware Department of Correction. His son Ahmarr was just 2 years old. They reunited in 2008 when Ahmarr was 16. This film chronicles the struggle both men faced as they navigated their separation and reunion. Consequently, it symbolizes the struggle faced by incarcerated fathers and their children. The Facilitated Discussion Guide includes questions that help incarcerated fathers, their children, and family members explore the issues, thoughts, and feelings caused by the father absence associated with incarceration.

Program Length

3, 1.5 - 2-hour sessions.

Program Delivery

  • Ideal for use by individuals and organizations that work with incarcerated fathers, children of incarcerated parents, and family members of incarcerated fathers.
  • Also a great resource for individuals and organizations that work with formerly incarcerated fathers and their children.
  • Use as a stand-alone resource or integrate with other curricula/programs.
  • Excellent for work with groups of fathers and children (or other family members) in which you facilitate a free-flowing discussion.
  • Use for individual work with fathers and children (e.g. in a case management or an individual coaching setting).

Topics Covered

  • The impact of incarceration on children, fathers, and families
  • Discussion questions around feelings about incarceration
  • Discussion questions around the reunion of fathers, children, and families after incarceration
  • Discussion questions for currently and formerly incarcerated dads
  • Discussion questions for children of currently and formerly incarcerated dads

Product Contents

  • DVD with movie, trailer, and actor biographies
  • Facilitated Discussion Guide downloaded online for free after purchase

Training Options

Not offered.


3 Reviews

Cynthia S. 28th Aug 2018

Out of the Ashes: Where a seed finds life DVD & Discussion booklet

I have to say first that this review has nothing to do with my other purchases from the father source which I found very helpful and useful tools for working with my fathers. This Set was totally not what I thought it was going to be it was more like a monologs from the father and the son's view. I thought it was an interview with an actual father and son and their experiences of living life apart from each other. I didn't find it engaging enough to hold the group's attention and therefore it didn't work for me. I would of returned it if I didn't opened it for something else. Again I brought several other products from the fatherhood resource and would recommend them highly. Just not this particular DVD set.

Timmy R. Smith 26th Jul 2016

This video speaks to losses suffered in fatherlessness

My organization showed this video in two sessions to men who are incarcerated. At this critical point in their lives where they are about to be released back into the civilized word. This video speaks to their hearts, and helps them to realize the losses that have been suffered by them and their children.

The video gives fathers and children a starting point to reconnect with each other.

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