Teach Our Children (1972)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Law & Crime, Social Issues  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Teaching Our Children documents the United State's first contemporary taste of what was to become an increasingly prevalent phenomenon, the prison riot. The historic 1971 Attica prison rebellion occurred as a heated response to the lack of basic human rights at the prison and protracted abuse of prisoners by employees of the state. Interviews with the prisoners give them a chance to explain their complaints; interviews with prison officials allows them to recalcitrantly respond and demonstrate their hard-heartedness. The film's greatest strength, however, is its underscoring of the parallels between life in prison and that in society beyond the walls.

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prison-riot, human-rights, penal-system, prison