ONE OF THE YEAR’S MOST ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS
Opens in New York on Friday, October 20
Opens in Los Angeles on Friday, October 27
National Rollout Will Follow!
A moving story of redemption and renewal unfolds in The Work, a remarkable vérité film that follows a group of outsiders into California’s Folsom Prison to join inmates in an intense four-day therapy session intended to help prepare them to succeed back outside prison.
WINNER – Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature
at South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival 2017
WINNER – Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017
OFFICIAL SELECTION – SF DocFest
OFFICIAL SELECTION – AFI Docs 2017
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2017
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Traverse City Film Festival 2017
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Rooftop Films 2017 – Summer Series
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Seattle International Film Festival 2017
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival 2017
OFFICIAL SELECTION – BAM Cinématek 2017
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Melbourne International Film Festival
Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, The Work follows three men from outside as they participate in a four-day group therapy retreat with level-four convicts. Over the four days, each man in the room takes his turn at delving deep into his past. The raw and revealing process that the incarcerated men undertake exceeds the expectations of the free men, ripping them out of their comfort zones and forcing them to see themselves and the prisoners in unexpected ways. The Work offers a powerful and rare look past the cinder block walls, steel doors and the dehumanizing tropes in our culture to reveal a movement of change and redemption that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.
Runtime: 88 minutes
A Note From the Distributor
“The Orchard was blown away by the power and intimacy of The Work, a film that presents prison, violence, masculinity, and vulnerability in an unprecedented way.” – Danielle DiGiacomo, Vice President of Acquisitions, The Orchard
The Work showcases the unique approach of the non-profit Inside Circle, which helps prisoners and parolees heal from the inside. According to the organization, The Inside Circle Foundation focuses on reducing prison violence, lowering recidivism, and guiding inmates through healing that allows for meaningful lives after release.