SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – The award-winning 2016 documentary “The Prison in Twelve Landscapes” – about prisons and how they take shape in the U.S. – will be shown Friday, Sept. 14, at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse in Springfield, 21 Fairground Rd. The film runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with a discussion afterward to learn more about The National Prison Strike that took place between Aug. 21 and Sept. 9.
The film examines how more people are imprisoned in the United States at this moment than in any other time or place in history, yet the prison itself has never felt further away or more out of sight. “The Prison in Twelve Landscapes” is a film about the prison in which we never see a penitentiary. Instead, the film unfolds as a cinematic journey through a series of landscapes across the USA where prisons do work and affect lives, from a California mountainside where female prisoners fight raging wildfires, to a Bronx warehouse full of goods destined for the state correctional system, to an Appalachian coal town betting its future on the promise of prison jobs.
The Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, a group of incarcerated individuals working for human rights, has called for the National Prison strike. Inmates will carry out work strike, sit-ins, and boycotts to bring attention and call for change. Read more about the strike and the full list of demands at www.sawarimi.org/national-prison-strike.
Free admission; light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.