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|Turned Out Sexual Assault Behind Bars|
Actor: Danny Trejo
Director: Jonathan Schwartz
Studio: Music Video Dist Release Date: 09/30/2008 Run time: 55 minutes
Tune in to Turned Out!
T. Juergens | 03/04/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This awesome filmmic trip through the one of the grittiest aspects of prison life - the subjugation and rape of the weak by the strong - held me spellbound. Kind of like having a dream while you're awake. It also provides prisoners' surprisingly stoic insights into what they get from benign homosexual relationships (more than just sex). A must see for anyone interested in just how twisted - and suprisingly tender - prison life can be. Actor Danny Trejo, who narrates, is a great touch, and the soundtrack is seductive. "Turned Out" has great picture quality and a very high end encoding standard for a home DVD.
For an independent documentary the extra features were indeed excellent. Extra features include in-depth interviews with assaulted inmates, interviews with main characters five years after the original filming, an interview with a female rape victim, an image gallery, and music videos by rappers C-Nile and Juvenile, and by country singer/convict Denver Holloway.
Confirmed what I knew about Bloods gang members
Broderick C. Daniels | Fayetteville AR | 12/23/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Wow! This documentary was impressive. I'm shocked that they were able to get the testimonies of actual conduct behind bars. Two Bloods members recanted their lust for men behind bars, which confirmed my suspicions about the gang since I've gotten to meet several of them. Those who didn't know, now you too will know without a shadow of a doubt. I love that they used a prison from the "Dirty South." Those guys try to act so homophobic in the real world but in prison, they are very open minded. This is great!!!!"
Amos Lassen | Little Rock, Arkansas | 10/10/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
""Turned Out: Sexual Assault Behind Bars"
We hear so much about what goes on between men sexually when they go to prison and in "Turned Out", we learn that it is estimated that about 20 percent of men in prisons in the United States have been raped. We also learn that it is the social system within American prisons that allows this to happen. Jonathan Schwartz, director of the film, has many stories to tell and unfortunately get lost in the wealth of material that he has. He gives us powerful, intimate and interwoven stories about rape in American prisons where one in five men has been sexually assaulted.
Schwartz and his crew managed to gain access to the Alabama prison system and they spent time establishing friendships with the prisoners and gaining their confidence so that they could bring their stories to the screen. We get five stories of men who live in a world away from our world where economy and culture is based on intimidation and threat as well as affection and salvation. It is the story of institutionalized rape. We have always known that homosexuality is prevalent among prisoners--even for those men who are straight on the outside but we never get to see what really goes on behind bars. The "turning out" or sodomizing of prisoners is very, very common and we learn from narrator Danny Trejo that prison administrators turn a blind eye to it. Some even claim that it helps in keeping control.
The five stories are told with candor and the inmates we meet are completely calm as they discuss sex life in prison.
We meet Mindy; a blonde is his 20's. He tells us what happened when he walked into prison and was labeled as "fresh meat". His protector, Lamark Moore who is serving twenty-five years for murder tells us that "Mindy was my baby...". Another segment is about Mark and one of his pals who tell in all of the terrible detail how they "turned out" a new inmate and we see the sheer hell that prisoners face and how they change. Mark tells us that one the street he would never have been involved in male/male sex but it was prison that "turned him out".
Obviously the film had the intention of letting us what realty goes on behind bars but the film fails because of too many different plots and as we move from subject to subject, the film falls apart.
Otherwise there is a lot to be learned here. It is just too bad that the structure of the film is such a mess. What is so sad is that this could have been an excellent film and still can be with proper re-editing.
ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW
Fallon Scott | Bethesda,MD | 03/27/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This films just goes to show that anything is possible when you are in a constricted area like that. Quite informative and interesting."