Netflix has set the premiere date for The Art Of Incarceration, a new feature documentary centering on Indigenous prisoners in Australia. Check out the trailer.
Directed by Alex Siddons (The Saints of St Kilda), The Art Of Incarceration explores how art and culture can empower First Nations peoples to transcend their unjust cycles of imprisonment. It is narrated by Uncle Jack Charles (Cleverman) of the Boonwurring Dja Dja Wurrung Aboriginal peoples, and seen through the eyes of Indigenous prisoners at the Fulham Correctional Centre in Victoria, Australia.
The feature documentary centers on three main artists — Christopher Austin, a Gunditjmara Keerraaywoorrong man, Troy Brabham, a Wemba Wemba man, and Robby Wirramanda, a Wergaia man — at different stages of their artistic development and “rehabilitation” (both within the eyes of the system and within their own introspective consciousness). It also follows their quest for cultural identity and spiritual healing as they examine the cycle of imprisonment and prepare for both the annual Confined art exhibition and life on the outside.
Over the course of its 81-minute runtime, this narrative documentary explores greatly misunderstood issues, such as cultural disconnection, inter-generational trauma, addiction, and institutionalization. It also analyzes and humanizes the over-representation of Indigenous Australians within the country’s prison system while seeking answers and striving toward solutions.
The Art of Incarceration premieres globally on Sunday, July 3, exclusively on Netflix.
The film is written by Christopher Austin, Robby Wirramanda, and Alex Siddons, and produced by Alex Siddons and Kylie Pascoe.
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