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Thanks to all who participated in our Summer 2020 series! The discussion series is now concluded, but you can still watch the video-taped introductions by our film experts and the films on your own time. Throw a DIY watch party! For more information on the series: Virtual International Film Festival.
Video introduction by SHASS faculty for each film are available to the public. Links to the featured films are open to current MIT students, faculty and staff.
Watch the film here: Shakespeare Behind Bars
Henderson’s pick is: Shakespeare Behind Bars , a documentary by Hank Rogerson (2005).
Shakespeare Behind Bars is an unexpectedly delightful documentary that follows the casting, rehearsal, and presentation of Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest, by prisoners inside Kentucky’s Luther Luckett Correctional Complex. Winner of eight film festival awards, Shakespeare Behind Bars documents these remarkably unique actors preparing. Ultimately, we get to see the human psyche unfold in all of its complexities, as these men, ostracized from society, reveal their kindness, generosity and faith. In the process, we accompany them as they discover the power of truth, forgiveness and transformation.
Diana Henderson is the Arthur J. Conner (1888) Professor in Literature with areas of research and interest that include Shakespeare, gender studies, early modern poetry and drama, modernism, media studies, and world drama.