There is a gruesome fascination with prisons. From countless films and music and art, “Prison Culture” is embedded in our way of life. There’s a morbid glamour attached to the tattoos, the fashion and the gangs.
But what is life behind bars really like? What is it like to spend 23 hours a day locked in a cell? Or to have to share your meals with killers and rapists?
Prison culture has been a significant part of our society for many years, with films, music and art that often portray it in a glamourised way. But the reality of life behind bars is far from glamorous; individuals locked in their cells for 23 hours a day, deprived of freedom and forced to share meals with convicted felons.
In an effort to show the public what really goes on within prison walls, filmmaker Terry Ray has released his new documentary Take Me Inside. This gritty film provides viewers with an inside look into life inside prisons and jails across the United States. It offers an intimate portrait of those incarcerated, their families and the correctional officers who are tasked with managing them. The film follows three inmates – two men and one woman – as they navigate life behind bars, going through moments of despair, hope, resilience and humour.
Take Me Inside is more than just another prison documentary; it reveals how mass incarceration affects both those who are incarcerated and their families. It also highlights some of the challenges faced by correctional officers when it comes to dealing with sometimes unruly inmates. The documentary provides unique insight into a world that few people get to experience firsthand.