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If I GIve My Soul

United States

Andrew Johnson Director


    In Brazil, the inmates in prisons and jails are almost exclusively poor, black, uneducated males - society's lowest.

    In these previously unfilmed locations, “If I Give My Soul” examines how five Brazilian inmates have coped with this profound social stigmatization as well as Rio's brutal justice system by joining prison-based, inmate-led Pentecostal Churches.

    The film spotlights five prisoner's personal stories and uses social science methods to investigate if this religion is simply an "escape" for the oppressive conditions, if it's an elaborate show for the guards and justice system, or if their faith and experience represent something more.