Item Details

A Hard Straight

Goro Toshima; Toshima, Goro
Format
Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
A gang member, a mother, and a small-time dealer. They served their sentences, they're on parole. Now they're about to discover that walking out the prison gates is just the beginning. A HARD STRAIGHT tells the story of what it is really like for a person to make the radical transition from prison life to society. The film interweaves the stories of two men and one woman as they begin to construct new lives on the outside. We see them from the ecstatic moment of their first taste of freedom, to the inevitable frustrations, joys, and banality of life outside of prison. And finally, we see the people in either a successfully established life on the outside or a return to prison. For the 500,000 men and women each year who are released from prison, there are many unknowns: What will you have to do to survive after walking out with {dollar}200 gate money? How does an extended stay in a world defined by violence and subjugation affect your ability to live your own life? And what sort of resources, both within the community and yourself, will you need to have to make it on the outside? A Hard Straight is an powerful, intimate, and enlightenting film that sheds light on the profound experience of doing time and trying to go straight.
Director
Goro Toshima
Release Date
2005
Run Time
75 min.
Language
English
Notes
Title from title frames.
Published
New Day Films, 2005.
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2017.
Recording Info
Originally produced by New Day Films in 2005.
Publisher no.
1348276 Kanopy
Related Resources
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Description
1 online resource (streaming video file) (75 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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