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Music from the Big House (2010)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music, Musical | 1 June 2012 (USA)
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Rita Chiarelli's exploration of Louisiana's Angola Prison, its inmates and the blues music tradition they perform with her.


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Rita, an award winning recording artist, takes a pilgrimage to the birthplace of the blues... Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary, a.k.a Angola Prison. She never imagined that her love for the blues would lead her to raise the roof in a collaborative jailhouse performance with inmates serving life sentences for murder, rape and armed robbery. Music has given these inmates something to live for behind the bars of what was once the bloodiest prison in America. It is their only escape. Steeped with hope, these remarkable voices guide us on a journey of men on a quest for forgiveness. One woman, four bands, and two hours of the Blues. It's time to make a new soundtrack. Written by Anonymous

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15 May 2012 | by whitehouse4219See all my reviews

"Music from the Big House" was a very astonishing look into life in prison and the role music plays. The inmates are all seeking a chance for redemption and appear to be in the middle of a spiritual journey. Music plays a major role for all of these men that is completely indescribable. The music they play or sing is simply raw emotion. It is their outlet or perhaps even an escape from their everyday life. Quite frankly, it means everything to them. Award winning recording artist, Rita Chiarelli, takes a trip to Angola Prison with every intention of putting on a concert for the inmates. She winds up playing alongside the inmates and creates an experience that transcends anything an audience member would expect. This experience is captured in "Music from the Big House," in a tale of music, emotion, and redemption.

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