The Work (2017)

Mar 11, 2017 | Documentary, History

Director: Gethin Aldous, Jairus McLeary

Writer(s): N/A

Starring: Rob Allbee, Andrew ‘Dark Cloud’ Molino, Richard ‘Rick’ Misener, Brian Nazarof, James McLeary, Alvin ‘Bud’ Wheeler, Donald ‘Don’ Morrison, Manuel Ruiz, Bharataji Joplin, Thaddeus Boudreaux, Charles Tate Jr., Dante Granville, Robert Staedel, Chris Renton, Neseli ‘Kiki’ Tagoai, Aaron Ortega-Piddington, Eldra ‘Vegas’ III Jackson

Synopsis: Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, “The Work” follows three men from outside as they 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. The raw and revealing process that the incarcerated men undertake exceeds the expectations of the free men, ripping them out of their comfort zones and forcing them to see themselves and the prisoners in unexpected ways. “The Work” offers a powerful and rare look past the cinder block walls, steel doors and the dehumanizing tropes in our culture to reveal a movement of change and redemption that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.

Release Date: March 11, 2017 (USA) | Length: 87 min | Genre: History | MPAA Rating: NR

Note: This documentary premiered at SXSW and won the Documentary Grand Jury Prize. The film set for a fall theatrical release date.