What prisoners learned when they made a film about themselves

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Prison cell in Alcatraz. Photo credit: Dave Nakayama/CC BY 2.0, via Flickr

"O.G.” is a feature film starring Jeffrey Wright as an older man about to leave prison, and real-life inmate Theothus Carter as a young man who just arrived. “It’s a Hard Truth Ain’t It” is a documentary featuring inmates telling their stories about how they got to prison. Both movies were shot in the Pendleton Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison about an hour outside of Indianapolis. Madeleine Sackler directed both. They’re available now on HBO.