Male Prison Graduation 2014-2015
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Teaching Filmwriting To Offenders
Male and Female Prisons, South Africa
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IMPOVERISHED PEOPLE see no other options available to them except crime – debilitating especially in a post Apartheid SA that has inherited the backlash of the ‘crime mentality’ of dis-empowered persons.
Most offenders have got themselves into this position because of LACK OF EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE in the first instance. Greenlight teaches them the tools to shift consciousness into a more productive life experience.
Incarceration does not mean the mind must be?
Instead of rotting in a cell somewhere, storytelling keeps the mind SHARP and ALIVE. Honing the mind to be focused, tuned, and poignant is a craft in itself. If a gun, a ring, or a flower appears in the first act, respectively, it has to go off, be worn, (or not) or be plucked in the third act. Nothing occurs by chance in film. All actions have consequences. Offenders are challenged to think beyond their prison cells. This is a big adjustment for most of them when they start writing from prison.
Good storytelling demands balanced emotional intelligence. Students must unpack characters choices allowing them time to reflect on their own decisions in a non-pressurized way.
Greenlight stretches students beyond their limits by using global film writing terms. (Robert McKee, Christopher Vogler amongst others). See www.iqu2film.co.za. Good Writing Structure is Non-negotiable. It can prepare them for a profession after prison. That would be the prize!
By reflecting on the past through story, offenders can work through their own pain, loss, angst, trauma and chaos, in a uniquely crafted storytelling process allowing them to ‘shift their stuff’, to grow … in a calm, non-pressurized way. It gives students purpose and keeps their spirit alive.
By VALUING our most UNDERVALUED, if they become healthy – our nation becomes healthy too. If our nation becomes healthy we can help heal other under-priviledged societies around the world grow and become evolved. This can only be a win-win situation all round.
|United States of America||2,3-mil||325,7 mil|
|Russia||888 014||144,5 mil|
|Brazil||419 551||209,3 mil|
|India||358 368||1,339 billion|
|Mexico||217 436||129,2 mil|
|March 2017 SOUTH AFRICA||160,280 offenders||119,134 bed spaces available|
|CONDITIONS AND STATS IN SA ARE PRETTY SCARY||CONDITIONS AND STATS IN SA ARE PRETTY SCARY||CONDITIONS AND STATS IN SA ARE PRETTY SCARY|
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