Through the Wire Movie Review 1990

Information and Film Reviews for Through the Wire the Movie

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A startling account of a little-known prison located in Lexington, Kentucky. The high-security complex opened in 1986 and was designed to hold political prisoners. The three women detained there were given inordinately lengthy sentences, kept in stark, constantly lit cells, and routinely abused, both mentally and physically. Following the complaints of numerous human rights organizations, the women were released and the complex ordered shut down. In September of 1989, this ruling was overturned, and since then 16 more of these prisons have been built.


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Available on VHS
Running time 77 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Documentary Films, Women
Nina Rosenblum
Susan Sarandon
The Cinema Guild, PBS

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