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Beautiful Sentence

Synopsis
Female prisoners experience the liberating effect of creative writing with the help of inspirational poet Leah Thorn, writer-in-residence at HMP Bronzefield, a high security women’s prison in Middlesex. This short films (20 mins) shows a variety of women striving to find a voice through creative writing workshops. Personal histories, emotions and inner conflicts are revealed through their poems and interactions. The film explores the liberating and healing effect of creativity.

A related book by Leah Thorn, Release: Women in prison write about self-harm and healing, is available for sale or free download at http://www.womenlobby.org/spip.php?action=acceder_document&arg=837&cle=0fb1a79f62edc71d2bb8b8c0b6b46c7a9b1f9476&file=pdf%2Fself-harm_women_prison.pdf
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2011
Notes
An article by Suzanne Cohen on the making of the film is available at http://thedfg.org/news/details/1005/filming-in-prisons-making-beautiful-sentence
Subjects
Social Studies; Literature
Keywords
prisoners; self harm; creative writing; women prisoners

Online availability

URI
http://vimeo.com/24013313
Price
free
Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Director
Suzanne Cohen
Contributor
Leah Thorn

Distributor

Name

Vimeo

Web
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