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Doing Time, Doing Vipassana (1997)

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This is the story of an ancient meditation technique named Vipassana, which shows people how to take control of their lives and channel them toward their own good.It is the story of a ... See full summary »

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This is the story of an ancient meditation technique named Vipassana, which shows people how to take control of their lives and channel them toward their own good.It is the story of a strong woman named Kiran Bedi, the former Inspector General of Prisons in New Delhi, who strove to transform the notorious Tihar Prison and turn it into an oasis of peace. But most of all it is the story of prison inmates who underwent profound change, and who realized that incarceration is not the end but possibly a fresh start toward an improved and more positive life. These people have shown that reform can work if it is self-reform. Their success has been so dramatic that recently the Indian Government decided to apply Vipassana in all the country's prisons. Other countries are becoming interested as well. The filmmakers spent about two weeks inside Tihar Central Prison in New Delhi and Baroda Jail in the Indian state of Gujarat. They interviewed inmates and jail officials, and filmed in places ... Written by Karuna Films <http://www.karunafilms.com/Dtdv/Synopsis.htm>

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Interesting, if slightly rose-colored documentary
31 March 2011 | by (US) – See all my reviews

The story of how bringing meditation to India's largest prison helped turn life around for many of it's inmates. Hopeful, positive, encouraging, and always interesting, I did enjoy it. I just wish it hadn't tried to make it look so simple and easy.

As a practitioner of Vipassana meditation for many years, I know that real change takes work and time, and sometimes the film makes it feel a bit too much like a quick 'miracle cure'.

But it's wonderful to see a film about prison and reform that offers real hope and new thinking, and it's well worth seeing if you have any interest in any of the subject elements.


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