Documentary Feature | 87 minutes

HIFF 2017

 World Cinema Documentary

Directed by
Jairus McLeary, Gethin Aldous

Produced by
Alice Henty, Jairus McLeary, Angela Sostre, Eon McLeary, Miles McLeary

2017 | English | USA

Twice a year, the maximum-security Folsom State Prison allows free citizens from the outside to participate in an intensive group therapy program with the incarcerated men on the inside. With unprecedented access, directors Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous document these raw and revealing sessions—capturing harrowing moments of human vulnerability, catharsis, and connection in the process. Awarded the Best Documentary at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, THE WORK is an extraordinary feat of verité filmmaking that looks behind prison walls to reveal a movement of redemption that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.