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The Dhamma Brothers (2008)

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East meets West in the Deep South. An overcrowded maximum-security prison-the end of the line in Alabama's correctional system-is dramatically changed by the influence of an ancient ... See full summary »
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East meets West in the Deep South. An overcrowded maximum-security prison-the end of the line in Alabama's correctional system-is dramatically changed by the influence of an ancient meditation program. Behind high security towers and a double row of barbed wire and electrical fence dwells a host of convicts who will never see the light of day. But for some of these men, a spark is ignited when it becomes the first maximum-security prison in North America to hold an extended Vipassana retreat, an emotionally and physically demanding course of silent meditation lasting ten days. The Dhamma Brothers tells a dramatic tale of human potential and transformation as it closely follows and documents the stories of the prison inmates at Donaldson Correction Facility who enter into this arduous and intensive program. Written by Balcony Releasing

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$3,710 (USA) (11 April 2008)

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$32,000 (USA) (23 May 2008)
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Best Argument Ever for Meditation
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This documentary looks at a group of men, incarcerated for serious crimes including murder. They are not educated guys, not even necessarily articulate guys. They are in a horrible prison that amazingly allows volunteers for an in-house Vipassanna intensive. The film shows the work to set up the space, away from normal prison life and skillfully cuts to various people involved, including the warden and mostly the prisoners. Giving themselves to the rigors of the silent retreat, spending long hours in focused mindfulness, these guys come to a clarity about themselves and about life that is simply astounding. Their followup efforts to maintain their practice and what that practice does for their behaviors and choices constitutes the rest of the film. These guys gain a wisdom and clarity and acceptance of personal responsibility that moved me to tears. So powerful. One of the most memorable films I have ever seen. Surely, anyone could benefit from this but especially, if we have any hope of rehabilitating those who end up in prison, this program should be in every prison.


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