2009. USA. Melis Birder. 65 min.
New York premiere. Followed by discussion with Melis Birder and Denise Robinson, main character
Thursday, February 25, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2009. USA. Directed by Melis Birder. Every Friday night about eight hundred people—mostly women and children and almost entirely African American or Latino—gather in Manhattan's Columbus Circle to board buses. The Visitors is a documentary about passengers on a charter bus that leaves New York City every weekend and takes them to visit their loved ones at various upstate New York prisons. This unexpected look at the U.S. prison system through the eyes of the travelers reflects the struggles of "living the prison life" on the outside, and the difficulty of holding onto love despite great distance and even greater odds. Presented in appreciation of Black History Month. 65 min.
In the Film exhibition Documentary Fortnight, 2010: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film
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