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The Art of Incarceration

About the film

‘Art of Incarceration’ explores The Torch, a pioneering not for profit organisation that runs arts programs for Indigenous prisoners and ex-offenders in the Victorian prison system. The film is an uncompromising insight into the inmates’ quest for cultural identity and spiritual healing as they prepare for The Torch’s annual Confined exhibition and for life on the outside. This narrative documentary both analyses and humanises the over-representation of Indigenous Australians within the prison system, whilst seeking answers and striving toward solutions. The film clearly and profoundly explores greatly misunderstood issues such as cultural disconnection, intergenerational trauma, addiction and institutionalization. ‘Art of Incarceration’ will start the conversation that Australia has neglected for too long.

Runtime 1 hour 30 mins
Premiere World Premiere

Director(s) Alex Siddons

Venue Cinema Nova

Address 380 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia

Date July 28, 2019

Time 8:45 pm

GenresAustralian, Aboriginal, Melbourne Stories

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