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P4W: Prison for Women (DVD Release)
Canada / 1:22:00 / 1981 / sound / colour
The film "P4W" is a shattering look at love and isolation in the most desperate of places. The filmmakers' four-year struggle to break into prison has resulted in a remarkable achievement. Janis Cole, Holly Dale and their crew have applied a direct cinema approach to a tight community of women and released a gripping and dignified story, both personal and political.

The inmates of the Prison for Women live in an invisible community. The complex fabric of this community is revealed through the use of interviews, monologues and powerful verité sequences. This mix is woven together into a narrative thrust that explores the sociological implications in a passionate way. "P4W" defies the classifications "prison film" or "women's film."

The film centers on five women; their stories, their relationships, and their lives in prison. Inmates reveal their isolation as mothers, lovers, friends, and fellow inmates inside Canada's only Prison for Women at Kingston, Ontario. "No ordinary prison film, or women's film, P4W is a dramatic, very touching portrait of five women you're not likely to forget." - John Katz

Awards: Genie Award, Best Theatrical Documentary, 1982; Best Social Documentary, American Film Festival; Best of the Festival, Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival, 1982

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Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto ON Canada M6J 0C9
Monday - Thursday / 10:00 - 18:00
(416)  588 - 0725