Virtually Free

Doc Shorts: Behind the Bars

92 minutes 3 Films

A trio of films that examine different aspects of the prison system in the U.S.

In this program
33 and Counting

33 and Counting

Directed by
Aisha Sultan
2020
39 minutes
English
A true-crime story about a 70-year-old grandmother from rural Missouri serving a life sentence for a murder she says her rapist committed.
Huntsville Station

Huntsville Station

Directed by
Chris Filippone & Jamie Meltzer
2020
14 minutes
English & Spanish
Every weekday, inmates are released from Huntsville State Penitentiary, taking in their first moments of freedom with phone calls, cigarettes, and quiet reflection at the Greyhound station up the block.
Virtually Free

Virtually Free

Directed by
André Robert Lee
2020
39 minutes
English
Three teens in a Richmond, Va., detention center speak truth to power by participating in the program Performing Statistics, in which they are taught to deliver powerful messages through art, including a virtual-reality jail cell they help create. Director André Robert Lee is a two-time SLIFF alum with "Prep School Negro" and "I'm Not Racist ... Am I?"