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BEHIND THE DOCUMENTARY THE WORK



Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, three men from the outside participate in a four-day group therapy retreat with level-four convicts. Over the four days, each man in the room takes his turn at delving deep into his past.

Documentarist Jairus McLeary guests our festival to talk about his amazing documentary "The Work" - how he worked with the inmates and got access. 

There will be a screening of The Work after the session.

Reviews:

Putting the viewer into a men’s circle like no other, The Work is a remarkable piece of reportage (Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter)

Opening an aperture into a process so ego-stripping that it feels unseemly to witness, The Work is enlightening yet also punishing (Jeanette Catsoulis, The NY Times)

Pushing its cameras past the gates, past the guards, and even past the imaginary emotional barriers its subjects erected years ago in order to deal with their personal demons (Peter Debruge, Variety)

 


 

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