The Farm: Life Inside Angola Prison (1998)
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Critic Reviews for The Farm: Life Inside Angola Prison
An eloquent documentary relating an inmate's point of view of being incarcerated in what very well might be the most dangerous and bloody prison in America.
The terrible realities of incarceration...seem to accumulate as the film unfolds, and they stay with you long after you've left the theatre.
This riveting documentary will fuel your moral rage against institutionalized injustice.
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Audience Reviews for The Farm: Life Inside Angola Prison
7/11/15 Netflix A captivating look inside the infamous prison, primarily from the inmates point of view. It certainly gives you a visceral feel of what it must be like to be incarcerated and how one copes with the hope, despair, friendship and frustration within the system. When you watch this you have to remember these men are here because they either hurt or killed another person and there is punishment for that.Otherwise. This film would make it easy for you to feel pity for them.
For the most part, this is a very average documentary. However, there are a couple of things that are compelling. As far as the "documentary exposing injustice" portion of things, there's a parole hearing you want to see. It really shows the not necessarily malevolent, but totally apathetic attitude toward the prisoners. They clearly do not care about the guy trying to file additional evidence. In the "broader theme" portion of things, it was interesting to see just how comforting religion was to the prisoners who were lifers or on death row. It would have been interesting to get another viewpoint, though. The God angle is not a new one. And it leads to a slight touch of cynicism when you're talking about every life prisoner filing endless appeals. When it comes to shortcomings, there are several things I wish would have been examined more, such as the humiliating process before visits and possible grouping of prisoners into gangs or other social units. Also the pace was pretty slow. In the end, I regard this doc as slightly above average.
Within the first five minutes you're telling yourself "I've seen this stuff before on TV shows" Then the documentary starts to open up and it makes movies like Dead Man Walking seem like they could be on Lifetime. The individual stories of these men and there families is just shattering. You don't see them as criminals, just human beings living with serious regret wishing for forgiveness or some kind of redemption.
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