‘RAW Alive’ offers hope, community

May 07, 2018
Ex-con Louie Diaz works with soon-to-be-released inmates of the Billerica House of Detention on what’s next in “Beyond the Wall.”

Belfast — The public is invited to “RAW Alive: Beyond Our Walls,” presented by Restorative Art Works, Saturday, May 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the University of Maine's Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave./Route 3.

“RAW Alive: Beyond Our Walls” comprises a performance by R.A.W., a theater group of current and former incarcerated residents along with interested community members; a presentation of the documentary “Beyond the Wall”; and community conversation that considers what it takes to create healthy communities, inside and outside prison walls. Power, status, privilege, justice and addiction will be explored.

R.A.W. creates original pieces taken from true-life stories of conflict, resolution, hope, incarceration, addiction, healing and redemption. The group uses the arts are fundamental to our humanity and to healthy communities. They bring us joy, help us express our values and build bridges between cultures and communities — inside and outside prison walls.

“Beyond the Wall” (2018, USA) highlights one of the most critical issues in criminal justice reform: the many prisoners returning to their communities each year where they face tremendous challenges and barriers.” The film follows five formerly incarcerated men attempting to rebuild their lives on the outside, with little support from the United States criminal justice system. Through compelling and personal accounts, the 76-minute film vividly shows their struggles and strategies for survival beyond the walls of jail and prison.

Admission is a suggested donation of $10 (more if one can /less if one can't). For more information, call 323-2747.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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