A Decade Behind Bars: Return to the Farm

A Decade Behind Bars: Return to the Farm is airing on June 16th at 8 pm ET/PT on National Geographic. The original film, which can be seen in its entirety at natgeotv.com/farm, documented life inside the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola — commonly known as The Farm — with a notable lack of sentimentality and melodrama, even as it presented the violent and morally ambiguous perspectives of six “lifer” inmates.

This documentary takes place ten years after the original Oscar Award-Wining The Farm where 6 prisoners’ lives were followed during their stay at Louisiana’s the farm. The same 4 (2 are recently deceased) are followed. However, under warden Burl Cain the facilities and environment have drastically changed: 5 churches and a bible college reside on the grounds, the grounds are an almost completely self-sustaining agricultural community (raising vegetables as well as beef sold in supermarkets), and prisoners have instituted their very own television station. Thus, here we see one of the most dangerous prisons in the world transformed into a total rehabilitation center that addresses vocation as much as physical and spiritual health.

Below you can watch a preview clip of the show:

A Decade Behind Bars: Return to the Farm is airing on June 16th at 8 pm ET/PT on National Geographic.

3 thoughts on “A Decade Behind Bars: Return to the Farm

  1. I missed the airing of this, but i watched the short video clip and would be very interested to get a chance to see it. Is there some other alternative to the screening, or is there a plan of a replay does anyone know? What a concept!
    Cheers
    Adirec

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