American Jail

Director Roger Ross Williams
Camera Hans Bouma, Ramell Ross
Sound Jaap Sijben
Producer Submarine/CNN July 2018

In the personal and provocative film ‘American Jail’, Roger Ross Williams examines the American prison system.¬†When Williams returns to his hometown of Easton after thirty years, he hears that many of his former friends have been killed or have been stuck. Williams himself decided to flee this fate. “The flaming words of James Baldwin gave me the courage to dream.” He leaves Pennsylvania as a teenager to later win an Academy Award as the first black American film director. Williams shows in ‘American Jail’ in which vicious circle many young black men end up. In addition, he portrays the industry that is hidden behind the prison system.