Franni Paley ’10 writes:

Up the Ridge is a one-hour documentary produced by Appalshop’s Amelia Kirby and Nick Szuberla.

In 1999, Kirby and Szuberla 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, racial tension, and cultural conflict 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.

Presented by RISE (Resisting Imprisonment for a Safer Existence – formerly WesPREP)

Contact: Sylvia Ryerson ’09 (sryerson@wes) or the RISE listserve (wesleyanrise(at)googlegroups(dot)com)

Facebook event here.

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009
Time: 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: PAC 002

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