As part of May in Memory of people killed by cops and the state, the Wingnut and the Richmond Anarchist Black Cross is showing films each Monday about the police state, state oppression, COINTELPRO, and the Prison System.
May 10th, 8pm
Up the Ridge is about Wallen’s Ridge Prison located in Wise County, Virginia.
So come on out to watch this film and talk about it too, if you want. Bring snacks if you have some, the WIngnut is a sober space.
New Movie: “Up the Ridge: A U.S. Prison Story”
“Up the Ridge: A U.S. Prison Story”
A shocking new documentary of urban prisoners in remote rural prisons
Up the Ridge: A U.S. Prison Story is a one-hour television documentary produced by Appalshop’s Nick Szuberla and Amelia Kirby. In 1999, Szuberla and Kirby were volunteer DJ’s for the Appalachian region’s only hip-hop radio program in Whitesburg, KY when they received hundreds of letters from inmates transferred into nearby Wallens Ridge State Prison, the newest prison built to prop up the region’s sagging coal economy. The letters described human rights violations and racial tension between staff and inmates. Filming began that year and, through the lens of Wallens Ridge, the film offers viewers an in-depth look at the United States prison industry and the social impact of moving hundreds of thousands of inner-city minority offenders to distant rural outposts. Up the Ridge explores competing political agendas that align government policy with human rights violations, and political expediencies that bring communities into racial and cultural conflict with tragic consequences. As the film makes plain, connections exist, in both practice and ideology, between human rights violations in Abu Ghraib and physical and sexual abuse recorded in American prisons.