Why make a film about prison and injustice?
2016-17 saw the worst prison riots in decades. Across the country the prisons estate exploded as warned by campaigners and prisoners. The flames of the riots cast a light on the so-called prison crisis. Look hard and you’ll see it’s not that prisons are in crisis, prisons are the crisis.
Injustice investigates the crisis, and delves into the world of prisons, crime and the judicial system.
Ex-prisoners, activists, criminologists and even prison governors tell us who the prisoners are and why they are inside. We hear what happens inside, and outside. Injustice asks what are prisons supposed to do and what do they actually do.
More than 60% of prisoners suffer mental health problems, the majority are from broken homes, poor backgrounds with little education or prospects. We have to ask whether further disadvantaging them merely deepens the problem rather than providing solutions.
The film forces the question: Are prisons merely the tail end of social problems that have been left to fester?
Sociologists and criminologists explain the context of crime and criminalisation, and prisoners narrate their backgrounds and how their lives before and after prison unfolded. A prison governor recalls the lesson he learned, that most prisoners shouldn’t be there, and it really could happen to anyone.
Not just another documentary
Injustice is not just another documentary. It opposes the corporate media approach to prison films, thirsty as they are for cliche and unintended parody.
Injustice has no camera operators chasing after prison guards closing in on their prey as if we were in a wildlife documentary. Prisoners are human beings, not animals. We ask the prison authorities for permission to make this film. We asked the prisoners instead.
Screenings and helping out
Injustice is due for release in winter 2017. If you would like to arrange or attend a screening, please get in touch.