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December 26, 2008

Films on prisons, prisoners, ex-offenders, and the school-to-prison pipleline

i've been compiling lists of powerful films on ex-offenders, prisons, schools, and the school-to-prison pipeline. it's time to share! and PLEASE add titles and links in the comments.... this list is far from exhaustive

a couple off the top of my head:


Perversion of Justice
http://www.perversionofjustice.com/aboutfilmmaker.html

Nuyorican Dreams
http://www.bigmouthproductions.com/films/nuyorican_dream.html

Innocent Until Proven Guilty
http://www.bigmouthproductions.com/films/innocent_until_proven_guilty.html
Short film made by hs students on literal school-to-prison pipeline in CT-
#5, Media That Matters Film Festival:
http://www.mediathatmattersfest.org/6/#

MTV's Juvies
http://www.moxiefirecracker.com/films/juvies.php

Girlhood
http://www.moxiefirecracker.com/films/girlhood.php

The Farm
http://www.moxiefirecracker.com/films/the_farm.php

Execution of Wanda Jean
http://www.moxiefirecracker.com/films/the_execution.php

XIara's Song
http://www.moxiefirecracker.com/films/xiara.php

Troop 1500: Girl Scouts Beyond Bars
http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/troop1500/scouts.html
ACLU Freedome Files: School-to-Prison Pipeline:
http://aclu.tv/pipeline

In Prison My Whole Life
http://www.sundancechannel.com/films/500328614

Audio programs (w/photographs):
http://www.radiodiaries.org/prisondiaries.html
along w/this website: Perspectives on U.S. criminal justice system -
http://www.360degrees.org/

national video used for MN DOC and MinCorr to promote prisons as
alternative to global factory:
http://www.minncor.com/partnershipvideo.wmv

Films on Reentry:

Hard Road Home
http://www.hardroadhome.org/
http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/hardroadhome/

PBS Independent Lens film - A Hard Straight
http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/hardstraight/

YouTube distributed film on Reentry:
Part I - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzHPuq8VewY
Part II - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHd_KaI76xc

Omar and Pete:
http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2005/omarandpete/

about power of arts working within prisons:

Shakespeare Behind Bars
http://www.shakespearebehindbars.com/

Medea Project (Rhodessa Jones' Theater for Incarcerated Women)
http://www.culturalodyssey.org/medea/
doc on the project - "We Just Telling Stories"
https://secure.oreweb.com/hosts/culturalodyssey.org/store/buy.phtml

Eve Ensler (problematic but provokes good, critical discussion about voice and representation):
http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2003/whatiwant/

Some local MN links I use when I teach about the prison industrial complex:
MINNCOR Industries website in class:
http://www.minncor.com/default.htm

virtual "tour" of Minnesota's prison at the MN DOC homepage:
http://www.corr.state.mn.us/aboutdoc/tour/default.htm
(although Shakopee is not accessible)

Deborah Appleman is using her sabbatical to teach "Language and Power"
inside Stillwater:
http://blogs.carleton.edu/Stillwater/

national organizations:
Critical Resistance

The Innocence Project
their audio/video archive

other links:
library catalog of "prison films":
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/prisonfilmsbib.html