True Stories from Prison (CHM123)

True Stories from Prison (CHM123)

Set includes Blessedness Out of Brokenness, Love is Not a Luxury, Saving Face, Long Road Back, and Bless You, Prison.

  • Item number: 97423D
  • Media type: DVD
  • Running Time: 328 min
  • Region: All
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Blessedness Out of Brokenness — Louisiana State Penitentiary, often called “Angola,” is home to some 5,000 inmates, most of whom are sentenced for life. Follow along as Ken Curtis, founder of Gateway Films/Vision Video, visits Angola. As he was reflecting on the beatitudes in light of his journey with cancer, Ken wanted to learn from people who knew well the brokenness Jesus describes as blessed. This one-hour documentary presents the stories of inmates that bring clarity to Jesus’ teaching as they share the blessedness of the beatitudes in their own lives. Many of these men are facing life sentences, yet they have found new life and purpose through their faith in Jesus Christ. Ken also interviews Angola’s iconic prison warden, Burl Cain, who famously transformed Angola from one of the most violent prisons in America to one of the most peaceful through a program he calls “moral rehabilitation.” Today hundreds of Angola’s inmates attend a seminary inside the prison and participate in ministry to fellow inmates and their families. Some even become missionaries to other correctional institutions. Blessedness out of Brokenness demonstrates the power of God to transform the darkest of circumstances into opportunities for mission. DVD Features: Optional English Subtitles; Widescreen; Reflections on the Beatitudes with Ken Curtis

Love is Not a Luxury — Imagine a prison with bars but no guards…a prison where inmates hold the keys. This Brazilian prison accommodates some of the most notorious inmates; yet peace and good order now prevail. The film, shot by two of the inmates, examines the day-to-day running of the prison and explores the personal development of two prisoners— with respective sentences of 70 and 114 years—who hold substantial responsibility for the harmony and security of the prison. Fullscreen. NOTE: This program was recorded by the prisoners and does not have the typical professional audio quality.

Saving Face — Matt Kern went from being an "A" student to flunking out. While repeating the eighth grade, he was the MVP sports hero during the week and partier and car thief on the weekend. One night in March, 1988, his double life caught up with him. He and two friends decided to steal a car but in a moment's haste, one of the friends shot and killed the driver. All three received varying sentences; Matt got 60 years. At Florida's DeSoto Correctional Institute, Matt was the youngest inmate among 1,100 men. The dominant inmates in prison victimized most young males, but Matt refused to become a victim. He earned the respect of the other inmates through violence and threats. They nicknamed him "Face." Unbeknownst to his parents, Matt not only survived but thrived in prison. He made and sold wine and loansharked, among other things. With his profits he bank-rolled a gambling operation. At one point he was sending money home to his brother. His prison schemes continued until his sixth year of incarceration when striking another inmate with a pipe landed him in 13 months of Solitary Confinement. For the first time in his life, he experienced guilt. It was the beginning of a spiritual awakening and the providential way in which Matt received clemency. This compelling story reveals the details of how choices can ruin a life, what life is really like in prison, and how God still works in miraculous ways. Widescreen. Includes bonus interview with Matt and brief Christian Perspective Clip

Long Road Back — A prison door clangs shut. The reverberation echoes with immense meaning both for the person locked up and those left on the outside. But the reality is that once offenders have served their terms and leave prison, doors still slam shut. • Feel the heartbreak and the victories as you follow a young woman putting her life back together after 11 years in prison. Experience the difficulties ex-offenders face when looking for a job. See how mental illness complicates an ex-offender’s life. Long Road Back seeks to reduce the fear and stigma experienced by those re-entering society after serving a term in prison. Fullscreen. DVD Features: Subtitles: English and Spanish;

Bless You, Prison — The true story of Nicoleta Valery Grossu's amazing survival in a Romanian Communist prison camp and how faith in the Lord enabled her to transcend the relentless cruelty. It was an experience unspeakably brutal... To be taken away from home and thrown in jail without any trial. To be interrogated night after night, having to spend your days in a cell.
To be tortured to give away innocent people. To have the courage to say what you think no matter the consequences. To see how a fellow inmate swaps sides and becomes your worst enemy. Not to be able to help your beloved ones imprisoned along with you. You can betray. You can die. Or you can find God. Nicoleta Valery Grossu found God in the communist prisons.
Blessed be thy name, prison! This is the story of her life. Dubbed in English.
DVD Features: Languages: Available in English and Romanian; Subtitles: English subtitles.; Viewing Format: Widescreen; Chapter titles provided for easy scene access; Bonus Material: -60-second promotional trailer; -A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Bless You Prison;

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