“Free on the Inside” is a gripping documentary that takes an in-depth look at the complex issues of recidivism, the transformative power of the arts, and the concept of communal responsibility. This thought-provoking film sheds light on the lives of incarcerated individuals and explores the potential for rehabilitation through artistic expression and community involvement. The documentary introduces viewers to a diverse group of formerly incarcerated individuals, those who work within the prison, and those who do work both inside and outside of prison walls. The film will highlight former Free on the Inside participant Mario Brooks!
“Free on the Inside” examines the transformative impact of artistic endeavors within the prison environment. We follow inmates engaged in various artistic programs, such as visual arts, music, theater, and writing. The film highlights how these endeavors not only provide a creative outlet but also serve as a means for personal growth, self-reflection, and healing. It delves into the ways in which artistic expression can help inmates develop crucial life skills, such as communication, problem-solving, and emotional management. One key focus of the documentary is the notion of communal responsibility. It explores how society as a whole has a role to play in breaking the cycle of recidivism.