MUSIC FROM THE BIG HOUSE
2010, 90 min, USA, Dir: Bruce McDonald

Rita Chiarelli, Canada's “Queen of the Blues,” takes a pilgrimage to the genre’s birthplace: Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary, aka Angola Prison, once the bloodiest prison in America. Rita's trip turns into a historic jailhouse tour-de-force as she plays and riffs with inmates serving life sentences, and draws striking revelations from them. Guided by Chiarelli's ebullient personality, a remarkable story of hope and a quest for forgiveness comes to the fore in Bruce McDonald’s moving documentary about the power of music to those both free and behind bars.


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