Dogwoof acquires SXSW hit: The Work

We are delighted to announce our newest acquisition, The Work from Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous. Set entirely inside Folsom State Prison, The Work reveals an intimate and powerful portrait of authentic human transformation that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.

The film screened in competition earlier this year at SXSW where it was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary.

 

 

Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, The Work follows three men from outside as they participate in a four-day group therapy retreat with level-four convicts. Over the four days, each man in the room takes his turn at delving deep into his past. The raw and revealing process that the incarcerated men undertake exceeds the expectations of the free men, ripping them out of their comfort zones and forcing them to see themselves and the prisoners in unexpected ways. The Work offers a powerful and rare look past the cinder block walls, steel doors and the dehumanising tropes in our culture to reveal a movement of change and redemption.

 

"The most powerful group therapy session ever caught on camera" - IndieWire

"A riveting group encounter" - The Hollywood Reporter