After serving time in prison, former drug addict Sherry Swanson returns home to reclaim her young daughter from family members who have been raising the child. Sherry’s family, especially her sister-in-law, doubt Sherry’s ability to be a good mother, and Sherry finds her resolve to stay clean slowly weakening.
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Tucked was screened at Outfest Los Angeles in July 2018 and won two awards – AUDIENCE AWARD – BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
GRAND JURY PRIZE – INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURE