For filmgoers interested in heavier fare than Because I Said So, the 3rd annual Prison Justice Film Festival begins today at the U of T’s William Doo Auditorium and the Toronto Women’s Bookstore.
The festival presents thirteen films, mostly documentaries, about prison and those affected by the prison system. Hosted by the Prisoner’s Justice Action Committee, the films don’t hold back in their gritty portrayals of the prison system in various parts of the world. Screenings are organized into several topics, examining the prison experience for African-Americans, women and First Nations people.
Events include film screenings, panel discussions featuring filmmakers and representatives of various social rights groups, and performances by spoken-word group Climbing Poetree.
The festival runs until February 11th, with an after-party at Ciao Edie’s on Sunday evening featuring DJ Nikki Reed. All events are pay-what-you-can. More information, including film listings and times, can be found at PJAC’s festival website.
Photo still from festival selection Cruel and Unusual.