"Highly recommended for viewing in academic settings."

American Library Association
Synopsis: 

CONCRETE, STEEL & PAINT tells the complex story of men in prison, victims of crime, and an artistic partnership that helps break down barriers between them. As prisoners, victims, and victim advocates collaborate on a mural about healing from crime, their views on punishment, remorse and forgiveness collide, sometimes harshly. But as the project progresses, mistrust begins to give way to surprising moments of human contact and common purpose. The project challenges both sides to recognize and respect each other’s essential humanity and worth – a small, but significant step toward a more healing and restorative form of justice. In telling this story, the film raises important questions about crime, justice and reconciliation - and dramatically illustrates the power of art as a catalyst to facilitate dialogue about these difficult issues.

Available on DVD and via digital stream, with closed captioning.

 

Reviews

"Visually rich and morally perplexing."

National Art Education Association, Studies in Art Education, Rachel Crane Williams, PhD

"Illuminates the complex intersection of criminal justice and conflict resolution"

Teaching Sociology

"A powerful tool for challenging common assumptions and stereotypes and encouraging dialogue around justice issues.."

Howard Zehr, Distinguished Professor of Restorative Justice

"Pedagogically sound, the film does not simplify or sanitize. It allows us to grapple with big questions of punishment and   restitution - and be moved and inspired while we do it."

Lisa Handler, Department of Social Sciences, Community College of Philadelphia

"I use it in my courses in corrections, re-entry,and restorative justice to stimulate and reinforce discussions to alternatives of alternative ways of thinking about justice. It is a terrific film."

Michael Gilbert, PhD, Criminal Justice, University of Texas at San Antonio