At first glance, Pete Monsanto Jr lives a glamorous life; a celebrity photographer who works with Meek Mill, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, etc. But look deeper and you will see a man with a Dad-sized hole in his life. Pete was just five years old when his father was sentenced to life without parole for racketeering. Pete is now the same age his dad was when he was sent away. During his incarceration, Pete’s father runs every day in the prison yard, keeping his mind and body sharp. Inspired by his dad, Pete decided to run the NYC marathon. Pete’s personal story, the special bond he shared with his incarcerated dad and his experience with the 26-mile race are the subject of Run For His Life.
Directed by Sebastian Sdaigui | Run Time 9 minutes | A Transform Films Production
The year-long national social impact campaign for Run For His Life was designed to educate, engage and activate the public around the number of children separated from their parents through parental incarceration in America.
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Here are just a few stories of transformative screenings that communities have hosted of Run For His Life.
"As an advocate for families impacted by mass incarceration, I found our congregation’s Father’s Day virtual screening of Run For His Life to be an important moment for us. It provided space for some critical conversations about ‘respectability politics’ within Black Christian church culture which often perpetuates silence and stigma for impacted families.”
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A Message From Pete
A family has been reunited! Pete Monsanto Jr, featured in our short documentary, Run For His Life, was just reunited with his father, after having served over 30 years in prison. Nearly 6 million children have an incarcerated parent. That number was just reduced by 1 through the compassionate release program.
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