It’s Criminal is a powerful critique of the economic and social inequities that divide the United States. The film offers a window into a rural jail, an Ivy League college, and what happens when these worlds collide. Shot in an intimate verité style, the film shares the life-changing experiences of female prisoners and Dartmouth College students working together to write and perform an original play about the lives of the incarcerated women. It delves into privilege, poverty, and injustice and asks viewers to think about who is in prison and why—while also sharing an inspiring story about how empathy is a powerful force that can help bridge the divide.
Q&A follows the film with director Signe Taylor, Dartmouth Professors Ivy Schweitzer and Pati Hernandez, as well as formerly incarcerated women, and Dartmouth students.
Community Partner: Second Wind Foundation and Dismas of Vermont
Broken: The Women’s Prison at Hoheneck
(2016) by Volker Schlecht and Alexander Lahl, 5 minutes, Documentary, Unrated, Germany
An animated documentary about Hoheneck, the women’s prison in the former East Germany. Based on interviews with former inmates, Broken is about political imprisonment, forced labor, and enormous profits on both sides of the Iron Curtain. Winner of the Short Film Jury Award (Animation) at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.