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The Prison in Twelve Landscapes - An Examination of the American Prison System
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…
The Released - The Cyclical Incarceration of Ex-Cons with Mental Illnesses
Part of the Series: Frontline
PBS
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…
The System - Policing and Mass Incarceration
Part of the Series: America Divided
Common returns to his hometown of Chicago - a city on fire in the aftermath of the brutal police killing of teenager Laquan McDonald. With thousands of people in the streets, Chicago has become the epicenter of national debates around…
Last Day of Freedom - A Man Reflects on His Brother's Crime and Imprisonment
Created from over 32,000 hand-drawn images, this Oscar-nominated animated documentary follows Bill as he struggles with a decision to stand by his brother, a Veteran returning from war who faces racism, criminal charges, and ultimately the death penalty. The film…
The Seventh Fire - A Native American Gang Leader Confronts His Violent Past
Executive produced by Terrence Malick, Natalie Portman, and Chris Eyre, THE SEVENTH FIRE is a fascinating new documentary about the Native American gang crisis. When Rob Brown, a Native American gang leader on a remote Minnesota reservation, is sentenced to…
Two Americans - Fighting Deportation in Arizona
The parents of a 9-year old girl are arrested in Arizona when America's Toughest Sheriff Joe Arpaio, raids a local car wash suspected of hiring undocumented workers. As Kathy fights to prevent her parents' deportation, a community group succeeds in…
Breathin': The Eddy Zheng Story - The Youngest San Quentin State Prisoner On His Road to Freedom
Arrested at 16 and tried as an adult for kidnapping and robbery, Eddy Zheng served over 20 years in California prisons and jails. Ben Wang's BREATHIN': THE EDDY ZHENG STORY paints an intimate portrait of Eddy -- the prisoner, the…
Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story - A Man Falsely Accused of Killing his Wife Fights for Justice in Texas
An Audience Award-winning film at the SXSW Film Festival, this is a stunning true-crime documentary with human core. In 1986 Michael Morton's wife Christine is brutally murdered in front of their only child, and Michael is convicted of the crime.…
Prison State - The Cycle of Incarceration in America
Part of the Series: Frontline
PBS
With this intimate, graphic film, award-winning director Dan Edge follows four residents of a housing project in Louisville, Ky., as they cycle in and out of the state's jails and prisons. More than two years in the making, the program…
Going Back (De Volta) - Brazillian Prisoners Experience Four Days of Freedom
Four days of freedom. The greatest gift a prisoner can receive, and the greatest challenge. GOING BACK follows four Brazilian convicts serving hard time who are granted temporary leave from prison during Christmas, 2012. Leandro, Midian, Sonia and Anderson return…
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…
15 to Life: Kenneth's Story - The United States' Juvenile Justice System
Does sentencing a teenager to life without parole serve society? Following a Florida man who received four life sentences at age 15, this eye-opening film reveals a justice system that routinely condemns young Americans to die in prison.
Anywhere But Here - Stories of African-American Prisoners
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,…
Chasing Buddha - An Australian Buddhist Nun Helps Death Row Inmates
Australian ex-Catholic, ex-political activist and feminist Robina Courtin has been a Buddhist nun since 1978. Teaching Buddhism around the world, she shatters the stereotype of a Buddhist nun, her intense and direct style leaving an indelible impression on everyone she…
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Asanas in the Yard
A former convict who discovered yoga and meditation in prison, recounts and elaborates on the peace he has come to today.
Broken on All Sides - Race, Mass Incarceration and New Visions for Criminal Justice
Today, there are more African Americans in prison or jail, on probation or parole, than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began. The prison population has exploded by 500% since the end of the Civil Rights…
The Last Graduation - The Rise and Fall of College Programs in Prison
Researcher Barbara Zahm gives a brief history of the 1971 Attica Prison Rebellion in which forty-three men died, and the college prison program which was initiated afterward. After interviews with prison inmates, "The Movement for College Programs of New York…
The Wildest Show in the South - The Angola Prison Rodeo
This follow-up to the 1998 Oscar nominated doc "The Farm: Angola USA" tells the only story that couldn't be included in the original Angola documentary. Every Sunday in October, the Louisiana State Penitentiary hosts one of America's most unusual events.…
The Farm, Angola Prison USA - Inside One of America's Most Famous Prisons
There are three things Angola will do to a man. Number one: it will bring you to the crossroads of a turning point. Number two: it will harden you. Number three: it will kill you. So tells Eugene Tannehill, inmate…
Dogs On The Inside - Abused Dogs and Prison Inmates Healing
Dogs on the Inside follows the relationships between abused dogs and prison inmates working towards a second chance. In an attempt to re-build their confidence and prepare for a new life, these prisoners must learn to handle and care for…