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College Behind Bars, A Film by Lynn Novick, Produced by Sarah Botstein

College Behind Bars: An Inside Look

College Behind Bars, a new four-part documentary about the transformative power of education, premiered nationwide on PBS on November 25 and 26, 2019. College Behind Bars is an intimate look at the lives and experiences of a dozen BPI students and their families that confronts and challenges conventional wisdom about the purpose of both education and incarceration.

The students and filmmakers reveal the inspiring story of how the power of education can change lives in College Behind Bars.

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Bard Prison Initiative Debate Team

When incarcerated students from the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) Debate Union beat a team from Harvard, their victory made headlines around the world.

CHECK OUT! News Highlights from College Behind Bars

BPI alumni and staff have been traveling around the country with the filmmakers engaging in conversations about ‘College Behind Bars’ and their experiences at BPI and beyond.

Shawnta Montgomery, Wesley Caines, Tamika Graham, Malcolm Jenkins, Sebastian Yoon, Tamara Barley and Dyjuan Tatro attend the special screening of COLLEGE BEHIND BARS at The Apollo Theater on November 12, 2019 in New York City.

Shawnta Montgomery, Wesley Caines, Tamika Graham, Malcolm Jenkins, Sebastian Yoon, Tamara Barley and Dyjuan Tatro attend the special screening of COLLEGE BEHIND BARS at The Apollo Theater on November 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Skiff Mountain

 

College Behind Bars is directed and produced by Lynn Novick; produced by Sarah Botstein; edited by Tricia Reidy ACE; produced by Salimah El-Amin and Mariah Doran; original music by Jongnic Bontemps; cinematography by Buddy Squires ASC and Nadia Hallgren. Ken Burns is executive producer. College Behind Bars is a production of Skiff Mountain Films, in association with Florentine Films and WETA-TV.

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