Synopsis by Brian Whitener
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.
prison-riot, human-rights, penal-system, prison