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“Follow Me Down” Film Screening
October 14, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pmFree
Filmed over two years in three Louisiana prisons, Follow Me Down is a feature-length documentary about the power of music in prison. Georgetown University ethnomusicologist Ben Harbert weaves together interviews and performances from extraordinary inmate musicians, some who are serving life sentences and others who are new to prison or soon to be released.
The result, in essence, is a concert film, but instead of bright lights and big stages, these musicians rap in the fields while picking okra, soothe themselves with R&B in lockdown, and create a cappella gospel harmonies.
With unprecedented access and Harbert’s insistence on letting the music speak for itself, the film offers an unexpected look at the power of music, prison life, regret, redemption, and our shared humanity.
Harbert will hold a Q&A with the audience after the screening. Masks will be required for everyone.
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