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900 Women
A film by Laleh Khadivi
2000, 72 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W01711
“The Louisiana Correctional Institute is located in the swamps of southern Louisiana in the small town of St. Gabriel. Built in 1970 to house an increasing population of female convicts, today it houses the state's most dangerous female prisoners and often exceeds its population capacity of 900. 75% of these are mothers and one fourth of them are serving sentences of fifteen years or more. The prison compound has a surreal quality; there are no searchlight-capped towers or barbed wire fences. Filmmaker Khadivi delivers a striking, sensitive portrait of life in this deceptively peaceful atmosphere, which is filled with stories of life on the streets, abuse, freedom, childbirth and motherhood. Six women - a grandmother, a young high school student, a pregnant woman, a recovering heroin addict, a prison guard, and the only woman on death row - were brave enough to share their frustrations and hopes. Produced by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Jonathan Stack ("The Farm").” - Human Rights Watch Film Festival Catalogue


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    “An extremely subtle film about the American system of justice.”
    Amy Taubin
    The Village Voice

    " A powerful, sensitive and moving documentary by first time filmmaker Laleh Khadevi, about real life inside St. Gabriel -- one of the U.S.A.'s largest all female correctional Institutes."
    Bruni Burres
    Human Rights International Film Festival

    "Sensitive...Intimate and candid, this [video] will be a useful addition to women's studies collections and larger public libraries."
    A. Cantu
    Video Librarian

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    900 Women is included in the following Special Collections.
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