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Omar & Pete (2005)

Not Rated | | TV Movie 13 September 2005
Examines the social, economic, and personal barriers two ex-offenders face as they try to reintegrate into their communities and families. In and out of prison for more than 30 years, Omar ... See full summary »

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Examines the social, economic, and personal barriers two ex-offenders face as they try to reintegrate into their communities and families. In and out of prison for more than 30 years, Omar and Pete are determined to change their lives. Upon release, both participate in the Maryland Reentry Program, which is designed to help long-term repeat offenders stay out of prison by offering transitional housing, health care, employment assistance, and educational opportunities. The film follows the two long-time friends for several years after what they hope will be their final prison release. In that time, their lives take divergent paths as one wrestles with addiction and fear while the other finds success and freedom through helping others. Their story boldly exposes the critical issues concerning reintegration and the complex, often frustrating challenges that men who were formerly incarcerated face when reentering society. Unnflinching portrait of how challenging life on the outside can be... Written by Anonymous

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Inspiring Film About Human Potential and Growth
17 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

Besides being an interesting look into the American penitentiary system, Omar and Pete is a profound reflection on how the perspective we choose to view our lives with either hinders or supports our ability to rise above our own limitations. Omar and Pete, although both well- intentioned men, face numerous struggles, which lead them in and out of jail over a 30-year period. During the course of the movie, it becomes clear that these struggles serve as a metaphor for the prisons we create for ourselves when we become victims to the highs and lows of our inner monologues, a point which is eloquently touched on by Pete at the end of the movie. This film is a clear testament to the human's ability, no matter what his or her circumstance, to reject the trap of the mind and choose to live a positive life connected to universal peace and love. And more importantly, it illustrates that this shift in perspective is simpler than we think and quite possible for all.


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