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16 Bars

Director: Sam Bathrick
Producer: Adam Barton
Publication Date: 2019
Language: English
Book webpage: https://www.videoproject.com/16-bars.html
Abstract: With the United States locking up more of its citizens per capita than any other nation on the planet, one unique rehabilitation program in Richmond, Virginia aims to reduce recidivism rates via the creative process. 16 Bars follows four men who collaborate on an album with Grammy-winning artist Todd "Speech" Thomas to untangle painful memories of the past in order to begin a new chapter in their lives. Set at the Richmond City Justice Center, De'vonte, Anthony, Garland, and Teddy are all awaiting either trial or release. Though the four men come from different walks of life, they are alike in their current situation as they sign up for various programs, one of them being access to the center's makeshift recording studio where they can write and record their own original music. With the help of Speech Thomas from the acclaimed musical group Arrested Development, the men are able to express themselves through music. The unique music of the film serves as rare testimony to the raw and messy truth behind the criminal justice system's revolving door. Reaching into their difficult pasts, the inmates transform their various experiences, hopes, and fears into powerful songs.
Subject Keywords: Arrested Development, Recidivism, Prison Reform, Richmond Virginia, Music Therapy
Distributor: Video Project
Genre: Documentary
Format: DVD
Running Time: 94 minutes