American Jail

Roger Ross Williams Long documentary - 2018 - 96 min.

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For the American director Roger Ross Williams, prison always was a distinct possibility during his childhood in Pennsylvania. He fled from this doom scenario to realise his dream of becoming a filmmaker. In 2009, he was the first Afro-American director ever to win an Academy Award. Thirty years later, he returns to Pennsylvania. Roger is shocked to hear how many childhood friends are of have been in prison. Realising this could have happened to him as well, he embarks on a personal quest to the nature of the American penitentiary system. 


Director(s) Roger Ross Williams
Production Company Submarine
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USA, Netherlands