Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Farm: Angola, USA (1998)

Academy Awards, USA 1999

Best Documentary, Features
Jonathan Stack
Liz Garbus

A&E Network
Directed by Liz Garbus, Wilbert Rideau and Jonathan Stack
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

A glimpse at life in the nation's largest prison in Lousiana. Most of the prisoners are there for life, with statistics quoted at around 80% will die there. A friendly warden keeps things in perspective, while the prisoners work in the fields, see the occasional visitor and research their cases. While some are obviously guilty, and readily admit it, others make convincing cases for their innocence. Any one of these stories could be enough for their own documentary, but this documentary seems content to just stick with the basic details. There is a follow up feature made 10 years later for the curious.

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