Concrete, Steel & Paint

Men in prison. Victims of crime. A daring idea...
Year Released
Film Length(s)
55 mins
Closed captioning available
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Concrete, Steel & Paint tells the complex story of an artistic partnership that helps break down barriers between men in prison and victims of crime.

Featured review

Highly recommended for viewing in academic settings.
American Library Association
American Library Association


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.


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
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

Awards and Screenings

American Film Showcase
Best Short Documentary, Peace on Earth Film Festival
Director's Award, Hearts and Minds Film Festival
John Michaels Social Justice Award, Big Muddy Film Festival
Cultural Spirit Award, New Hope Film Festival
Honorable Mention, Talking Pictures Film Festival
New York Premiere, The Ford Foundation

Features and Languages

Film Features

  • Closed Captioning
  • Resources for Educators

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