What struck me profoundly was how the culture of tattooing and its power in the world of Russian prisons is waning and becoming a symbol of shame as opposed to its earlier influence in the prison hierarchy. What also struck me was how some believed that conditions were actually better under the Stalinist regime.
" A film composer is the dictator of reality"
I realise that documentaries are biased in their own personal ways through the selection of their material.
But what also left me pondering was the suggestion of how prison life reflects a microcosm of the broader society.
It seems the brutal realities of survival and change in a prison mirror the game play of the outside world.
Similarly, the realities of American society and its exploitation of its prisoners - usually from the most vulnerable sections - are depicted with a bitter sweet irony in the following clip, to explore the implications of the land of freedom and opportunity .
Now where is all of this leading ?
Just a couple of thoughts to reflect on captured by these quotes........
|Two men look out the same prison bars; one sees mud and the other stars.”|