Directed by Sam Bathrick (USA, 2018, 94 min.).
16 Bars is a feature-length music documentary that offers a rare glimpse at the human stories—and songs—locked away in our nation’s jails and prisons. In a Virginia jail’s makeshift recording studio, four men collaborate on an album with Todd “Speech” Thomas, the Grammy-winning recording artist from Atlanta hip-hop group Arrested Development.
With the US locking up more of its citizens per capita than any other nation on the planet, the music of 16 Bars serves as a rare testament to the raw and messy truth behind the criminal justice system’s revolving door.