16 Bars is a feature-length music documentary that offers a rare glimpse of the human stories — and songs — that are locked away in our nation‘s jails and prisons. The film follows three inmates at the city jail in Richmond, Virginia, who are a part of a unique rehabilitation effort that involves writing and recording original music—and one former inmate who was recently released and is struggling to adapt to life on the outside. In the jail‘s makeshift recording studio, the men collaborate on an album with a Grammy-winning recording artist, Todd “Speech” Thomas, from the iconic activist hip-hop group Arrested Development. As the creative process unfurls, each of these men must unearth painful elements of their pasts, which hold the key to a new chapter in their lives.
With the U.S locking up more of its citizens per capita than any other nation on the planet, the music of the film serves as rare testimony to the raw and messy truth behind the criminal justice system‘s revolving door.
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