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Rikers: An American Jail

  • WAMM office 4200 Cedar Avenue South Minneapolis, MN, 55407 United States (map)

Join the WAMM Movie Committee as we present “Rikers: An American Jail” on Monday, November 12 at 7 pm at 4200 Cedar Ave in Minneapolis.

The United States is facing a crisis of mass incarceration with over 2.2 million people packed into its jails and prisons. To understand the human toll of this crisis, Rikers Island is a good place to start. Of the more than 7,500 people detained at Rikers Island on any given day, almost 80% have not yet been found guilty or innocent of the charges they face. All are at risk in the pervasive culture of violence that forces people to come to terms with what they must do for their own survival. RIKERS: AN AMERICAN JAIL, a riveting new award-winning documentary from Bill Moyers, brings you face to face with men and women who have endured incarceration at Rikers Island. Their stories, told direct to camera, vividly describe the cruel arc of the Rikers experience—from the shock of entry, to the extortion and control exercised by other inmates, the oppressive interaction with corrections officers, the beatings and stabbings, the torture of solitary confinement and the many challenges of returning to the outside world.  

(2016, directors: Mark BenjaminMarc Levin; 1 hr 10 mn, Documentary)

Connecting the dots. . . A chance to discuss the film follows the showing.

Always FREE and open to the public. 

ALL ARE WELCOME! Free popcorn!

Sponsored by the WAMM Movie Committee

Earlier Event: November 11
A Day of Peace at Landmark Center
Later Event: January 2
Women's March On Washington