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Directed by Brett Story

Canada, United States 2016 90 mins. In English

While mass incarceration has quietly become a hugely pressing issue bubbling beneath the surface of the US political and social landscape, its effects have been, and are, felt by millions of individuals and families nation-wide—and the US now incarcerates more people per capita than any other nation. Story’s timely and subtly damning documentary features an audacious and pointed skirting around the prison proper, instead focusing on the rippling effects into the outside world and the myriad forms that process of influence takes. Through twelve contained portraits of place, person, or situation, Story builds a vital, at times tender, at times infuriating argument about the entrenched nature of the prison in American society. The next steps are up to us. “A profound and political film that, while not sensational, is quietly shocking . . . an impressive, genre-subverting work, and one that deserves to be seen on the big screen. It is neither an art film or an advocacy film, or perhaps it is both. It is intellectual and abstract, yet emotional and engaging.”—Astra Taylor, Filmmaker Magazine.

Read Sabrina Alli’s interview with Brett Story in Guernica here.

Read Brett Story’s five book plan on carceral geography at the Verso Books blog.

UPDATE 1/7/17, 3:45pm: unfortunately, due to inclement weather and the threat of freezing rain, sleet, and ice for January 7, we are canceling the 7pm screening on that date. As of now, the January 8 screening will happen as planned. Any advance tickets for January 7 can be used on January 8. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.

UPDATE 1/8/17, 2:15pm: due to continued inclement weather, today’s 7 pm screening is canceled. We have added one additional screening of the film, on Monday the 9th at 7 pm. All tickets for January 7 & 8 have been refunded.

Genres: Documentary