Angola State Penitentiary, Louisiana, is the oldest, largest and perhaps toughest prison in the US. Given a high preponderance of lifers and a packed Death Row, more than two thirds of its inmates are going to die within its walls. The directors were granted unprecedented access to the facility, but instead of concentrating on the violence, drugs and brutal warders - the standard view of life in the pen - they choose to examine the iron mindset of prisoners who know they may never be released. How do you stay motivated when it takes ten years to get a parole hearing? How do you keep going when you've spent four decades of you life on a trumped-up charge and the State Governor can't be bothered to sign the pardon form that'll get you released? How do you have the discipline not to walk away when trustee status allows you unsupervised outside assignments? Forget Tarantino, this is where the real hard men are.
Liz Garbus, Jonathan Stack
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