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Learn from the lives and experiences of 13 African-American men incarcerated at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail in Charlottesville, Virginia. They all have aspirations, hopes and dreams. They love, laugh, learn, miss their families, are regretful for the things they've done, wish they had completed their education, and would much rather…
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An essential documentary, Brett Story's incisive, investigative and wide-ranging THE PRISON IN TWELVE LANDSCAPES is an examination of the prison and its place - social, economic and psychological - in American society. Filmmaker Brett Story excavates the often-unseen links and connections that prisons - and our system of mass incarceration…
The Last Graduation - The Rise and Fall of College Programs in Prison
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15 to Life: Kenneth's Story - The United States' Juvenile Justice System
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Paño Arte: Images from Inside - Chicano Folk Art
This documentary is the first to explore the Chicano folk art of Pano Arte (drawing on handkerchiefs). Originating in prisons, Pano Art is created primarily by Chicano inmates in the Southwestern U.S. Pano Arte: Images from Inside explores the art form using the images of over 60 panos to discuss…
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A remarkable talent in the documentary arena, Elizabeth Lo's moving films highlight American societies' overlooked communities as they navigate the increasing states of inequality. Often forgotten, or even subjugated, by official institutions, Lo's sharp eye captures subjects young and old across the social spectrum, their communities, and the often makeshift…
The Released - The Cyclical Incarceration of Ex-Cons with Mental Illnesses
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A rare and intimate look into the lives of mentally ill offenders struggling to make it on the outside. This year alone, hundreds of thousands of prisoners with serious mental illnesses will be released into communities across America. Within 18 months, nearly two-thirds will be re-arrested. THE RELEASED is an…
Mothers of Bedford - Women in Prison
Women are the fastest-growing U.S. prison population today. Eighty percent are mothers of school-age children. Jenifer McShane's absorbing documentary gives human dimensions to these rarely reported statistics, taking us inside Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison north of New York City. Shot over four years, MOTHERS OF BEDFORD…
White Boy - Appealing a Life Sentence for Non-Violent Drug Charges
Now the subject of 1980's crime folklore, then 17 year-old Richard Wershe, Jr. allegedly ran a vicious, sophisticated underground cocaine operation throughout inner-city Detroit. Arrested as a teen and sentenced to life-without parole, he remains imprisoned 30 years later. In WHITE BOY, journalists, police, FBI agents, and hit men are…
A Hard Straight - The Radical Transition from Prison Life to Society
A gang member, a mother, and a small-time dealer. They served their sentences, they're on parole. Now they're about to discover that walking out the prison gates is just the beginning. A HARD STRAIGHT tells the story of what it is really like for a person to make the radical…
Concrete, Steel & Paint - A Film About Crime, Restoration and Healing
When men in a state prison join with victims of crime to create a mural about healing, their views on punishment, remorse, and forgiveness collide. Finding consensus is not easy - but as the participants move through the creative process, mistrust gives way to surprising moments of human contact and…