[Last] Friday, the film Middle of Nowhere opened in several cities around the country. This award-winning and critically praised film is much more than art for art’s sake.

Produced by Participant Media, the film explores a woman’s struggle to stay in touch with her incarcerated husband. This is a challenge facing many families, and a big part of it is due to the high cost of prison phone calls — as much as $17 for a 15-minute call.

The movie arrives in theaters just as the fight to end the high cost of prison phone calls is heating up at the Federal Communications Commission. This issue was brought to the FCC’s attention over a decade ago via Wright v. Corrections Corporation of America, a nationwide class action suit. Participant Media has partnered with the campaign for prison phone justice in pushing the FCC to regulate interstate prison phone calls and ensure fair prices.

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