East meets West in the Deep South. An overcrowded maximum-security prison—the end of the line in Alabama’s correctional system—is dramatically changed by the influence of an ancient meditation program.
Behind high security towers and a double row of barbed wire and electrical fence dwells a host of convicts locked away from the outside world for life. But for some of these men, a spark is ignited when it becomes the first maximum-security prison in North America to hold an extended Vipassana retreat, an emotionally and physically demanding course of silent meditation lasting ten days.
The Dhamma Brothers tells a dramatic tale of human potential and transformation as it closely follows and documents the stories of the prison inmates at Donaldson Correction Facility who enter into this arduous and intensive program. This film, with the power to dismantle stereotypes about men behind prison bars also, in the words of Sister Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking), “gives you hope for the human race."
We are proudly screening the film, The Dhamma Brothers to bring awareness to the benefits of meditation behind bars. This screening is a benefit for Project Wheel House, Inc. One of Project Wheel House's goals is to bring meditation programs to correctional facilities in our area. We currently run a weekly mindfulness meditation group at the Bristol County House of Corrections Women's Division. A donation of $10 - $20 is suggested.
Popcorn will be provided, but feel free to bring your own food, snacks, or drinks. Comfortable chairs and cushions available.
A short discussion will follow the film.