documentary / France / original title : Tehachapi / Color / status : completed / English / Feature Documentary / International catalogue
Over three years, French photographer and artist JR developed a large-scale artwork in a maximum-security prison in California in collaboration with those incarcerated at the institution. The project shows the power of art as a tool for hope and transformation in a systemically violent carceral system.
Well-known for his collages and giving a voice to the marginalized and unseen, JR is also the co-director of the Academy-award nominated Faces Places with Agnès Varda. Questioning the limits of the US carceral system, Tehachapi is a rare, illuminating and moving feature documentary, showing how art can be a decisive means to reintegration and rehabilitation.