• Time Has No Sympathy
  • Time Has No Sympathy
  • Inside Women Inside
  • Shaggie: Letters from Prison

Time Has No Sympathy

BAMPFA Collection

  • In Person

Filmed at San Francisco County Jail #4 in San Bruno, Samuelson’s documentary is primarily narrated by one of the inmates. It evokes the grinding repetition of prison life and the specific difficulties of incarcerated women, many of whom are repeat offenders for minor charges and the sole caregivers for their children. The women talk about their sentences and what they can do when their time is up—and, in one case, the need to organize for justice. Dorothy Littlejohn’s exceptional cinematography renders the women in a beautiful light, capturing the grace of their gestures.

FILM DETAILS 
Cinematographer
  • Dorothy Littlejohn
Print Info
  • Color
  • 16mm
  • 30 mins
Source
  • BAMPFA
Preceded By

Inside Women Inside

Christine Choy, Cynthia Maurizio, United States, 1978

Incarcerated women at the North Carolina Correctional Center for Women and the Rikers Island Correctional Institute for Women speak about their experiences of inadequate medical care, unsanitary and overcrowded conditions, and exploitative labor practices at the centers.

FILM DETAILS 
Print Info
  • B&W
  • Digital
  • 20 mins
source
  • Third World Newsreel

Shaggie: Letters from Prison

Janis Cole, Canada, 1990

A haunting personal memory constructed of reenactments inspired by letters sent to the filmmaker by Marlene Moore (Shaggie) before her suicide in prison.

FILM DETAILS 
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital
  • 12 mins
source
  • Janis Cole