Turned Out: Sexual Assault Behind Bars (2003)





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Documentary filmmaker Jonathan Schwartz broaches the taboo subject of homosexuality behind bars with this frank and unflinching look at the sexual hierarchy in prison narrated by Danny Trejo. In 2003, there were more than two million Americans serving time in the nation's prisons. Over the course of their time served, one in five of those inmates will be "turned out," sodomized by their fellow prisoners and forced into sexual slavery. The vast majority of those victims will be non-violent drug offenders, a prison population that has nearly doubled since 1993. In addition to discussing the relationships between the "boys" and "sissies" designated as the females in the relationships to the "men" who often form "families" by developing relationships with several "boys" at once, inmates at correctional facilities all across the country reveal the secrets of their underground economy, and the sociology of power and lust as it relates to prisoners in need of companionship or protection. Additional conversations concerning the sexual exploitation of inmates by prison guards and the culture of silence that allows it to go on unchecked offers fascinating insight into a world that more and more Americans experience as prison populations continue to skyrocket.
Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
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The premise of "Y: The Last Man" was that women could be just as evil as men are, given the opportunity. I thought I agreed. But after watching this and the "Dancing Boys of Afghanistan" documentary, I wish that the right-wing caricature of the feminazi was a real thing so I could sign up. Men are the worst. The worst.

Yama Rahyar
Yama Rahyar

This awesome filmmic trip through the one of the grittiest aspects of prison life – the subjugation and rape of the weak by the strong – held me spellbound. Kind of like having a dream while you’re awake. It also provides prisoners’ surprisingly stoic insights into what they get from benign homosexual relationships (more than just sex). A must see for anyone interested in just how twisted – and suprisingly tender – prison life can be. Actor Danny Trejo, who narrates, is a great touch, and the soundtrack is seductive. “Turned Out” has great picture quality and a very high end encoding standard for a home DVD. For an independent documentary the extra features were indeed excellent. Extra features include in-depth interviews with assaulted inmates, interviews with main characters five years after the original filming, an interview with a female rape victim, an image gallery, and music videos by rappers C-Nile and Juvenile, and by country singer/convict Denver Holloway.

Tom Juergnes
Tom Juergnes

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