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Attica: The Bars That Bind Us

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Teresa Miller's feature length documentary Attica: The Bars That Bind Us tells the story of the human costs of running a large men's maximum security prison through the voices of prisoners and their family members, the warden, correctional officers, and others.

The film introduces the viewer to four major characters, and follows them (and several other minor characters) through the daily challenges of making a life Attica at State Prison, which include the uncertainty occasioned by the superintendent’s announcement of his plans to retire, and the approach of the fortieth anniversary of the Attica Uprising.

Ultimately, the film is about the human toll on those who have long-term exposure to Attica State Prison as inmates or staff. It is about the aspects of your humanity you must deny, or boldly buck the system to maintain, in order to survive Attica. Rather than construct inmates or the guards as heroes and villains, this film demonstrates that the villain is an expansive prison system that addresses problems of wealth inequality, racism, and drug addiction through mass incarceration.

Please view trailer here: https://vimeo.com/48046299

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts