Movie: Rikers – An American Jail



Thursday, May 18th 5:30 PM (Doors Open @ 4:30 PM)
Carnegie Library of PGH – Homewood
7101 Hamilton Avenue, PGH 15208

 A beautiful, yet deeply disturbing, film. Very powerful. RIKERS: AN AMERICAN JAIL shows a highly organized system of violence, where people are treated like they are less than human and leave detention more badly damaged than when they entered. How does this make us more safe?


 Official Trailer           Official Website

Executive Director:  Bill Moyers

Producers:  Bill Moyers, Judy Doctoroff, Marc Levin, Mark Benjamin and Rolake Bamgbose


Year:  2016   Country:  USA         Genre:  Documentary

sdf Rev. Hector “Benny” Custodio was held on Rikers for over two years.   Credit: Mark Benjamin

 ynopsis (Courtesy of Public Square Media)

The United States is facing a crisis of mass incarceration with over 2.2 million people packed into its jails and prisons. To understand the human toll of this crisis, Rikers Island is a good place to start. Of the more than 7,500 people detained at Rikers Island on any given day, almost 80% have not yet been found guilty or innocent of the charges they face. All are at risk in the pervasive culture of violence that forces people to come to terms with what they must do for their own survival.

RIKERS: AN AMERICAN JAIL, a riveting new documentary from Bill Moyers, brings you face to face with men and women who have endured incarceration at Rikers Island. Their stories, told direct to camera, vividly describe the cruel arc of the Rikers experience—from the shock of entry, to the extortion and control exercised by other inmates, the oppressive interaction with corrections officers, the beatings and stabbings, the torture of solitary confinement and the many challenges of returning to the outside world.