Excellent look at how the California penal system decided to help fight over crowding by training inmates to be come substance abuse counselors. The plan was that the inmates might be able to help those in need find away to stay out of prison.
This is great film. This is a wonderful tale of hope and redemption as we get to see the men work to help each other and themselves. It's a wonderful look at how the world can be changed if we only look at things differently.
How good is the film? After the screening I received and email from friend who works in a related field and he wanted to make sure that I saw the film. Additionally he mentioned that he was so impressed by what he saw in the film he was going to be changing his hiring practices to look to bring in counselors with similar backgrounds because their experience is a help. Honestly I can't give a bigger recommendation than that.
26.2 TO LIFE
A look at the San Quentin 1000 Mile runners club. The club trains inmates to run in a marathon. The race is held in the yard of the prison and involves over a hundred circles. Through the discipline required to run the men find there lives have been changed as they realize that ultimately they can do anything they set their minds to.
I know this film film hits all of the expected marks, but at the same time the film is deeply moving. Say what you will I got misty at the end. I fell in with the men in the film and I was cheering them by the end. Actually I was enjoying the film so much I was seriously considering going to the public DOC NYC screening just so I could meet them in person.
What a wonderful story of hope.
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