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What I Want My Words to Do to You
     

What I Want My Words to Do to You

Director: Madeleine Gavin, Judith Katz, Gary Sunshine

Cast: Madeleine Gavin, Judith Katz, Gary Sunshine, Mary Alice

 

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The documentary What I Want My Words to Do to You offers a look at some actual rehabilitation at a women's maximum security prison. Directors Judith Katz, Madeleine Gavin, and Gary Sunshine used high-definition video cameras to capture an emotional reformation process for several incarcerated women. Activist and playwright Eve Ensler (The Vagina

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The documentary What I Want My Words to Do to You offers a look at some actual rehabilitation at a women's maximum security prison. Directors Judith Katz, Madeleine Gavin, and Gary Sunshine used high-definition video cameras to capture an emotional reformation process for several incarcerated women. Activist and playwright Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues) conducted a writing workshop at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York. Some of the inmates were serving long sentences, including some members of the Vietnam war-era radical political group the Weather Underground. The convicts were asked to contemplate their crime and assess possibilities for their future, even if that means life imprisonment. After the workshop, the stories were then performed by actors with the entire prison population as the audience. The personal stories of the inmates shared a common theme of painful truths and acceptance. What I Want My Words to Do to You won the Freedom of Expression Award at the the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/09/2004
UPC:
0841887002523
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
NR
Source:
Pbs Home Video

Special Features

Closed Caption; Additional full length performances by the featured actors; Interviews with Eve Ensler and Judith Katz

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- What I Want My Words to Do to You
1. Introduction [2:23]
2. Exercise 1: Describe the Facts of Your Crime. [8:14]
3. Exercise 2: Write a Piece About a Scar on Your Body. [9:51]
4. Exercise 3: Think of a Question Someone Has Asked You That You've Never Answered. Answer It. [10:03]
5. Exercise 4, Part 1: Write a Letter to Someone You Love. Tell Them Why You are in Prison. [6:57]
6. Exercise 4, Part 2: Rewrite the Letter You Wrote Explaining Why You're in Prison. Go Deeper. [11:43]
7. Exercise 6: Describe an Experience in Prison When Someone Surprised You With Kindness. [7:47]
8. Name One Thing That's Changed About You Since You Got to Prison. [6:45]
9. Performance at Prison [10:49]
10. Epilogue / Credits [5:06]
1. Additional Performances: "What I Want My Words to Do to You" [4:00]
2. Additional Performances: "When I Dissappeared" [5:37]
3. Additional Performances: "Scars" [14:33]
4. Additional Performances: "Letters" [23:55]
5. Additional Performances: "Acts of Kindness" [8:08]

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