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Songs of Redemption

Dir. Amanda Sans, Miquel Galofre | 2013 | 78 min

NEW LOWER PRICE! In Jamaica's most notorious prison, an acclaimed music program offers inmates a route out of violence and despair.

The Enlightenment poet William Congreve’s famous maxim that "music has charms to soothe a savage breast" could find no better testing ground than prison - and perhaps no more unlikely one than the Kingston's Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, better known as the General Penitentiary. "GP" is the most notorious prison in Jamaica, a country not generally known for a progressive penal system, but within its imposing brick walls inmates have access to musical training, a radio station, and recording facilities as part of an education and rehabilitation program officials credit with significantly reducing once-rampant violence. Taking cameras inside GP for the first time, Songs of Redemption weaves intimate portraits of incarcerated artists like dub poet Jerome Tucker, reggae rapper Pity More, and singer-songwriter Serano Walker to show how the ability to make music has affected prisoners’ lives, providing not just a desperately needed creative outlet but also a means to confront their violent pasts, and to send a message of peace to listeners on the outside.

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Songs of Redemption won the jury award for best music documentary at the 2014 Krakow Film Festival.

Also Appearing
Serano Walker
Pity More
Jerome Tucker
Country
Spain
Jamaica
Genres
Power of Music
Reggae
Tags
Jamaica
music education
prison