|Rita Chiarelli. Bruce McDonald, director|
Canada's "Queen of the Blues" Rita Chiarelli makes an unlikely pilgrimage to the Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary, better known as Angola Prison, in this 2010 film. Chiarelli's trip turns into a historic jailhouse performance, playing with—rather than for—inmates serving life sentences, and her vivacious personality draws striking revelations from these men, many of whom express their hopes for redemption and forgiveness, even knowing that they will never be released.
"[Director Bruce McDonald] has assembled a strikingly shot film with impressive prison-grounds access and a basically unimpeachable power-of-music message."—Village Voice