Imagine being a woman in a men's prison. For many individuals, this is a grim reality because the U.S. prison system decides where to place inmates based on their genitalia, not their gender identity. This award-winning documentary makes an unflinching examination of transgender women in men's prisons. Ashley, Linda, Anna, Yolanda and Ophelia describe their experiences undergoing inhumane and humiliating treatment including rape, violence, solitary confinement and denial of medial care. One interviewee explains. "A lot of times I wake up, and I look around at my surroundings, and I see all these men. I think, 'What am I doing here?'" The women in Cruel and Unusual don't deny that they must serve their sentences, but their stories raise very important questions about their treatment. Are the human rights of these women and many others across the United States violated? If Gender Identity Disorder is a recognized condition by the American Psychiatric Association, should inmates receive ...
Imagine being a woman in a men's prison.
Did You Know?
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV (D.S.M. IV) defines Gender Identity Disorder as: "Identification with the opposite sex and the experience of considerable distress because of one's actual sex." See more
24 October 2006 (USA)
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Cruel and Unusual: Transgender Women in Prison
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