Shakespeare Behind Bars - 2006 - DVD

Shakespeare Behind Bars is a compelling fillm that follows an all-male Shakespearean theater company composed of convicted felons. For one year, while incarcerated at Kentucky's Luther Luckett prison, the cast rehearse and perform a full production of Shakespeare's great last play, The Tempest.

The prisoners cast themselves in roles reflecting their life experiences, including the crimes for which they were convicted. As they struggle to understand the characters they are playing, they uncover startling and moving truths about themselves.

The Tempest's underlying theme of forgiveness is at the heart of this incredible documentary. Through their creative jouorney, these "murders, fugitives and thieves" reveal kindness, generousity and faith. And we are left wrestling with the notions of transformation and redemption.

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