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What I Want My Words to Do to You (2003)

What I Want My Words to Do to You





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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.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By: , , ,
Written By: Gary Sunshine
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On DVD: Mar 9, 2004


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Wasn't really for me.

Sunil Jawahir

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Absolutely amazing documentary. In all honesty, while I'm sure it was a kick for the inmates to see their works read by the likes of Marisa Tomei and Glenn Close, their work was much more powerful when they themselves read it to the class. In fact, in some cases, the over-acting of the actresses on stage detracted from the words they were reading. This is a great look at the redemptive, healing, cathartic power writing can have on one's soul. The writing classes we see are just as much therapy groups as they are workshops on writing. It's a challenging documentary to watch, as these are women guilty of murder, in some cases truly horrendous murders; but they are also human beings with remorse, hopes, dreams, anger, and pain. Reconciling those two aspects is a herculean task, for the viewer certainly, but moreso for the women coming to terms (and in some cases not coming to terms) with their violent actions. A powerful, moving documentary.

J Dean

it was good but what w/ the acotrs?? they were so bad u made them think abotu the ppl. igts about ppl who arent connected 2 the two things. u should do waht u know how 2 do!

Lisa Shaw

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