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16 Bars (2019)




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Grammy-winning hip hop artist Todd Thomas--better known as "Speech" of the iconic group Arrested Development--leads a unique collaborative music workshop in the Richmond City Jail in Virginia. Striving to overcome their demons, four past and present inmates work side-by-side with Speech to transform their experiences, hopes and fears into songs. Exploring cycles of addiction and incarceration through the power of music and storytelling, the inspiring 16 Bars offers a window into rehabilitation.

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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

There is so much talent that it's almost dizzying.

November 18, 2019 | Full Review…

The sobering, candid, sadly profound documentary "16 Bars" may center on a 2017 music workshop for prisoners in a Richmond, Va., jail but emerges as an unsettling snapshot of recidivism and the flaws in America's criminal justice system.

November 15, 2019 | Full Review…

It only sometimes transcends its role as an awareness tool and reveals the texture and detail that long-term documentary filming can produce.

November 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Through an unwavering lens, 16 Bars investigates the ways humanity traps itself in a cage through cycles of crime. Sam Bathrick has created something special with his efforts in telling a story the world needed to hear.

January 15, 2020 | Full Review…

16 Bars is engaging for a myriad of reasons but its Speech sharing the oral histories along with the making of the album that sets this documentary apart.

December 6, 2019 | Full Review…

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