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16 Bars is a movie starring Speech Thomas, Garland T. Carr, and Tennyson Jackson. Inmates in Virginia attempt to transcend the cycle of recidivism through an unlikely artistic collaboration behind bars with Grammy-winning hip hop...

Sam Bathrick
Devonte James, Tennyson Jackson, Garland T. Carr, Speech Thomas

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Genres Documentary
Director Sam Bathrick
Stars Devonte James, Tennyson Jackson, Garland T. Carr, Speech Thomas
Country USA
Runtime 1 h 34 min
Audio Português  English  Deutsch  Italiano  Español  Français  Gaeilge  Svenska  Nederlands
Subtitles Português  日本語  Čeština  Australia  한국어  Filipino  Tiếng Việt  हिन्दी 
Quality 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Description 16 Bars is an intimate look at the lives of four inmates at the city jail in Richmond, Virginia, who are a part of a unique rehabilitation effort that involves writing and recording original music. The film follows their personal and artistic development as they produce and record with with Grammy- winning recording artist, Todd 'Speech' Thomas, from the hip-hop group Arrested Development. As the creative process unfurls and a chance at freedom draws near, each of these men must unearth painful elements of their pasts, which hold the key to a new chapter in their lives. The story is set in Richmond Virginia, the former seat of the confederacy, where the legacy of systemic racism, a spiraling opioid crisis, generational poverty, and a lack of mental health services have entrapped many of its citizens in a cycle of incarceration- which makes the city itself a unique case study for rising recidivism rates in the U.S. at large. With the U.S. locking up more of its citizens per capita than any other nation on the planet, the music of the film serves as rare testimony to the raw and messy truth behind the criminal justice system's revolving door.

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Friday, 24 Apr 2020 16:19

I think this is a very good documentary. I was a bit concerned by the trailer because it seemed to suggest that the young people in the film would be too young to really have the experience. However, I found that they had a lot of very honest and straightforward experiences, and I was glad to learn that a lot of the experiences they had in the film were completely authentic. I was very impressed with the way that the filmmakers handled the interviewees, and I think they really made the most of the subjects they were interviewing. In particular, I liked the way they handled the young man who was addicted to "hang loose" and "meth" in high school. He seemed to be a nice, honest man, but he really seemed to be traumatized by what happened in high school. I think he was really affected by the experience, and I really wish there was more of his story. I was also very impressed with the way the filmmakers handled the young men who had survived sexual abuse in their youth. They seemed to be very open and honest about their experiences. The fact that they were willing to talk about their experiences made me think that the experience was real. It was a very good documentary, and I hope they make more of them. I think it is also important to remember that sexual abuse is a serious problem, and it needs to be addressed. I'm sure that many people have been through this experience, and they will be very honest about it, and they will probably be more open about it than others. I would recommend this documentary to anyone who wants to learn more about the experiences of abuse survivors.

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