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Out of The Ashes DVD + Discussion Guide

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.


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

How to use the Film and Discussion Guide:

  • 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).

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