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Girls on the Wall

The True Story of a Prison Musical , Heather Ross  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: The True Story of a Prison Musical
  • Directors: Heather Ross
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sincerely Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 11, 2009
  • Run Time: 62 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GZEZFQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,907 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Pick of the Festival - Chicago International Film Festival 2009 --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

2010 Emmy winner for Best Documentary on Current Significance, Girls on the Wall is nothing short of powerful. This documentary follows young ladies behind bars and the making of a musical about their lives. Yes, that's what I said, making a musical. And what a story that came out of it. These characters [subjects] are young ladies that I imagine have been through and seen a lot in their young lives to draw their inspiration from. The girls are real, they are raw and they are intriguing. What they say and how they express it is powerful and dramatic. Director Heather Ross did an incredible job giving a voice to three young ladies and bringing each of their stories to life. She shaped a story that is touching, hopeful and dips into a environment that is not so ordinary. The behind-the-scenes clip is a strong bonus piece. --Los Angeles Times

There is remarkable power in telling your story. Director Heather Ross demonstrates this in her excellent film Girls on the Wall, which recently screened in Hollywood and will be seen on PBS stations in the coming months. In the film, Ross interviews some really hard case inmates who happen to be girls. They talk about the robberies and murders they've committed. They tell stories of abuse and addiction. But mostly, they heal. This is the most remarkable part of the film: You become a witness to inner change, and that change is initiated by the act of storytelling. The women of the film tell their stories to the camera, and in a theater workshop they are attending in the lock up, and they are transformed into leaders, they get connected to their families, they experience emotions they've hitherto locked down tight. Ross, like many good directors, becomes a catalyst for change, by simply holding listening space for the speaker. There's a lot that goes into documentary filmmaking: stamina, courage, an heroic, undaunted strength in the face of challenge. But the biggest production skill just might be listening: You ask the questions, but you gotta hear what people are saying. --The Huffington Post

Nothing short of powerful. --LA Times

This moving doc about girls at a juvenile detention center... demonstrates the healing power of expressing their pent-up emotions and exposing their vulnerability. --Time Out Magazine

Nothing short of powerful. --LA Times

This moving doc about girls at a juvenile detention center... demonstrates the healing power of expressing their pent-up emotions and exposing their vulnerability. --Time Out Magazine

About the Director

Heather Ross has produced and directed documentaries and TV series for A & E (Intervention), MTV (I Used To Be Fat) Discovery Channel (Mean Girls), HBO (Naked World), and many others. Girls on the Wall is her first feature documentary.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I loved this film. It is an insightful and sensitive look into one of the best things happening in our penal system-the use of artistic expression as a tool for rehabilitation. Heather Ross is one of the great up-and-coming documentarians working today, and her film is not to be missed. Amazing amazing amazing work!!! THANK YOU, Heather Ross, for making this film and sharing this incredible experience with the world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best teenage girls prison documentary I have ever seen January 31, 2013
Format:DVD
It is amazing to see the stories of these girls and witness their struggles of where they fit into the world. Their compromised innocence and the struggle to find themselves through a city program is a grand adventure that I am glad I took the opportunity to see.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring! January 31, 2013
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Format:DVD
this movie is so well worth a watch. it's a hope filled story that will leave you wanting more and more. completely original, daring, funny, and heart-breaking. love, love, love this movie!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique story March 4, 2013
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Amazing inside look at program to break cycle of incarceration using the arts, following the stories of juvenile offenders. Great.
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