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Title:
What I want my words to do to you voices from a maximum security women's prison
Author:
Ensler, Eve, 1953-
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[United States] : Borrowed Light : [Distributed by PBS Home Video], [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (80 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Look into the minds and hearts of women inmates of a New York prison. Go inside a writing workshop led by Eve Ensler, where the women create works of poetry and prose which ends in the performance of their writing by critically acclaimed actors.
General Note:
"PBS DVD gold"--Container.

Special features: additional full-length performances by the featured actors; interviews with Eve Ensler and Judith Katz.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: Not rated.
ISBN:
9780780646179
UPC:
794054910629
Format :
DVD

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The documentary What I Want My Words to Do to You offers a look at some actual rehabilitation at a women's maximum security prison. Directors Judith Katz, Madeleine Gavin, and Gary Sunshine used high-definition video cameras to capture an emotional reformation process for several incarcerated women. Activist and playwright Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues) conducted a writing workshop at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York. Some of the inmates were serving long sentences, including some members of the Vietnam war-era radical political group the Weather Underground. The convicts were asked to contemplate their crime and assess possibilities for their future, even if that means life imprisonment. After the workshop, the stories were then performed by actors with the entire prison population as the audience. The personal stories of the inmates shared a common theme of painful truths and acceptance. What I Want My Words to Do to You won the Freedom of Expression Award at the the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi