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The Prison in Twelve Landscapes


Location: Bartos Screening Room

With Brett Story in person

Dir. Brett Story. 2016, 90 mins. Digital Projection. More people are imprisoned in the United States at this moment than at any other time or place in history, yet prisons themselves have never seemed further removed from our daily lives. Brett Story’s ingenious debut is a film about the prison in which we never see a penitentiary. Instead, the film unfolds as a cinematic journey through a series of landscapes across the U.S. that are affected and defined by prisons, from a California mountainside where female prisoners fight raging wildfires, to a Bronx warehouse full of goods destined for the state correctional system, to an Appalachian coal town betting its future on the promise of prison jobs. “An unsettling mural of systemic damage. The film’s formal abstraction, far from creating emotional distance, is unexpectedly moving,” wrote Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times.

Please note: The Prison in Twelve Landscapes is on a double bill with The Illinois Parables, which will screen first. The same ticket includes admission to both films.

Tickets: $15 (free for members at the Film Lover level and MoMI Kids Premium levels and above). Order tickets online. (Members may contact [email protected] with questions regarding online reservations.)

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