THE PRISON WITHIN is a relevant and timely documentary exploring the destructive impact of untreated trauma on individuals and communities through the powerful stories of survivors of violent crimes and prisoners incarcerated for murder in circle inside San Quentin prison. In a world where rehabilitation and reclamation is vital for us as a society to heal the wounds of trauma, this film dives deeply into what is needed to move toward that goal.
The documentary is narrated by Hill Harper (The Good Doctor, Homeland, CSI:NY, Covert Affairs) and author of Letters to an Incarcerated Brother, which speaks to the current mass incarceration crisis. Award-winning composer Ruth Mendelson developed the original score for the documentary.
The film also features the expert voices of sujatha baliga, who recently received the 2019 MacArthur Genius Fellowship, TroyWilliams who served 18 years inside San Quentin and is now a Soros Justice Fellow, and Sam Johnson who was featured in the Released Series on the OWN Network – after spending 23 years inside.
Director Katherin Hervey is the first filmmaker to gain access to chronicle these intimate and revealing sessions inside San Quentin Prison.