Director Xackery Irving's award-winning documentary American Chain Gang profiles the experiences of he prisoners and officers of the recently revived male chain gang and the world's first ...
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Director Xackery Irving's award-winning documentary American Chain Gang profiles the experiences of he prisoners and officers of the recently revived male chain gang and the world's first female chain gang. It examines the impact of participating in these intense and highly controversial programs of chaining inmates during forced labor. Irving's cameras follow two officers and five prisoners before, during and after their release from the chain gang. This insightful film reveals the inner workings of the modern day prison system and the trials of the chain gang in a way that is brutally honest and eye-opening. Written by
Irving and his crew were threatened by 'camera-shy' inmates during production. At one point he and his crew found themselves surrounded by scores of inmates during the officers shift change. Out inmate pulled out what appeared like a weapon. With no officers in sight, they made a hasty exit from the prisoners barracks. See more »
Officer James Yarbrough:
It's obvious that we gotta do something to keep these inmates from comin' back. Like I said, I don't know if chain gangs are going to work, but at least they're trying something. And as a taxpayer, I like the idea that they're at least trying something. If this don't work, you know let's try something else. If we gotta hook to a ten ball and let them tote that around, ya know, let's get the balls ordered. Ya' know, whatever it takes to stop these folks from coming to prison.
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