Time Has No Sympathy
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.
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.
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.