Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Alternate title: The Farm: Life Inside Angola Prison
USA, 1998. Gabriel Films, Kurtis Productions. Screenplay by Bob Harris. Cinematography by Sam Henriques, Bob Perrin. Produced by Liz Garbus, Jonathan Stack. Music by Curtis Lundy. Film Editing by Mona Davis, Mary Manhardt.
The world inside one of America’s most complex and secure prisons is the subject of this fascinating documentary. In Louisiana, a state where life sentences are truly served out as life sentences and very little leniency is given to capital punishment cases, the men who serve terms at Angola are basically waiting to die. Interviewing both inmates and prison guards, the film also follows the cases of a few convicts who are trying to prove their innocence and be released from prison. While the things you see aren’t as gruesome as watching an episode of Oz, this excellent film is still full of unforgettable experiences that rival even the most powerful fiction.
Academy Award Nomination: Best Documentary Feature