Alan Zweig / documentary / prison

A Hard Name on TVO

Tomorrow night is the world premiere of Alan Zweig’s new documentary “A Hard Name.”   It will be airing at 10 p.m. on TVO’s The View from Here.  Here is the description from the website:

Raw and intimate interviews with ex-convicts who come across as the most gentle souls you could ever meet-apart from the stabbings and armed robberies-talk about their lives in prison and their struggles to adapt to life on the outside. In jail, the guards and the system try to break them down. To survive, they harden their spirit and live by the prison code: don’t make eye contact, don’t rat on your fellow convicts, don’t talk to the guards, don’t be an asshole. After 40 years in prison, never having held a job, most find life out of prison harder than life in it. The hardness they’ve cultivated to survive as convicts crumbles as they reveal the horrific tales of abuse that set the wheels in motion for some very tough lives.



3 thoughts on “A Hard Name on TVO

  1. I’m sorry I missed this film. I loved Zweig’s passed films especially one called Vinyl which is a hilarious self examination of Zweig’s record-collecting obsession.

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