Review: Library Journal

Review: Library Journal
 

Documenting the success of a town/ minimum­ security prison cooperative effort, this engaging film depicts a visionary choir director and his group of incarcerated men in Lansing, KS. The participants sing together and thereby learn useful skills for their future lives on the outside: how to follow a respected leader, listen to and blend with others, practice until you get it right, and face an audience with your head held high (as you should in a job interview, for example). Perhaps most important, by getting a taste of “outside” during scheduled performances at area churches—where members of the community (including former inmates) join the choir in genuine acceptance and solidarity, family members can attend, and really good food is served— these offenders are presented with concrete reasons to get out of jail and stay out. Helping to produce beautiful sounding choral music can bring joy to any heart, and that is important, too.

—Bonnie Jo Dopp, emerita, Univ. of Maryland Lib., College Park


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