SYNOPSIS: Barry Gibbs will never get the images of prison out of his head. Even though he has won the largest wrongful conviction settlement in New York City’s history, he is no lottery winner. After 19 years behind bars, prison took everything from Barry - his family, his health, his life savings, even his sanity – all he has left is his story.
This is the story of Barry’s life after prison, the struggle to reclaim the life that was stolen from him when NYPD detectives, moonlighting for the mob, framed him for murder, and changed his life forever. It is the story of Barry’s fight for freedom, not as a prisoner but as a free man, a man who emerged from this harrowing experience, and demanded accountability for what was done to him. Destitute and alone, Barry would spend years fighting the City and State of New York, only to discover that no amount of money can unlock the CHAINS prison leaves behind, and while the past cannot be undone, making his story known is the only way for him to go on.
This personal account is the ultimate testimony for a man who never got to testify on his own behalf, and it is the first true look at the devastation caused by wrongful imprisonment. Shot over a ten-year period, this film forces us to walk in Barry’s shoes for the decade after his release because to truly understand this experience is to live it. An intensely character-driven, verite, narrative, this is an unprecedented perspective on the aftermath of wrongful incarceration - not of the next day, or week, or month, but of the brutal reality of the next ten years. Intimate and raw, never before has a film ventured so deeply into the psyche of the wrongfully accused.