16 Bars

1 Hr. 46 Min.

2018
Screening format: DCP
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Todd “Speech” Thomas, a member of the iconic hip-hop group Arrested Development, spends 10 days working as part of a unique rehabilitation program in Richmond, VA, working to allow prisoners to write and record their own songs. Putting a human face on America's omnipresent incarceration woes, 16 Bars shows the value of artistic catharsis for these inmates as they contend with painful memories in order to have a future in this gripping and intimate look at a unique form of prison reform.

 

Sponsored by Oyvind and Susan Lubar Solvang and Growing Minds 

Community Partners: Project Return, Clean Slate MKE, Dope Folks Records


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