Degrees of Incarceration

Posted: March 30, 2012 in The Films

Degrees of Incarceration

Since 1967, 600,000 Palestinians have gone to prison. Director Amahl Bishara, a professor of Anthropology at Tufts University, decided to document the families of the prisoners. She believes that understanding the psychological impact of imprisonment on families is essential for understanding the social dynamics of Palestinian communities. Through observational footage and interviews of people living in Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, Degrees of Incarceration tells the story of a mother whose sixteen year old son has been imprisoned and a youth organization that has resisted the imprisonment of their community members and created a play that teaches children how to handle interrogation. Bishara documents the scope and depth of the psychological effects of political imprisonment on Palestinian society.

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