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16 Bars is a movie starring Speech Thomas, Garland T. Carr, and Tennyson Jackson. Inmates in Virginia attempt to transcend the cycle of recidivism through an unlikely artistic collaboration behind bars with Grammy-winning hip hop...

Genres
Documentary
Director
Sam Bathrick
Starring
Speech Thomas, Garland T. Carr, Tennyson Jackson, Devonte James

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Genres Documentary
Director Sam Bathrick
Stars Speech Thomas, Garland T. Carr, Tennyson Jackson, Devonte James
Country USA
Runtime 1 h 34 min
Audio Português  English  Deutsch  Italiano  Español  Français  Gaeilge  Svenska  Nederlands
Subtitles Português  日本語  Čeština  Australia  한국어  Filipino  Tiếng Việt  हिन्दी 
Quality 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Description 16 Bars is an intimate look at the lives of four inmates at the city jail in Richmond, Virginia, who are a part of a unique rehabilitation effort that involves writing and recording original music. The film follows their personal and artistic development as they produce and record with with Grammy- winning recording artist, Todd 'Speech' Thomas, from the hip-hop group Arrested Development. As the creative process unfurls and a chance at freedom draws near, each of these men must unearth painful elements of their pasts, which hold the key to a new chapter in their lives. The story is set in Richmond Virginia, the former seat of the confederacy, where the legacy of systemic racism, a spiraling opioid crisis, generational poverty, and a lack of mental health services have entrapped many of its citizens in a cycle of incarceration- which makes the city itself a unique case study for rising recidivism rates in the U.S. at large. With the U.S. locking up more of its citizens per capita than any other nation on the planet, the music of the film serves as rare testimony to the raw and messy truth behind the criminal justice system's revolving door.

Top reviews

Monday, 06 Jul 2020 12:59

I don't know if the directors were inspired by the infamous TV show, but I personally can't see a single redeeming quality in this movie. The only aspect I really liked about it was that the director was able to tell a story in a way that was visually and emotionally unique. I am also a fan of the show, so I am not averse to a bit of re-watching the original series. However, for the most part, I think the movie fails to do that. The director was able to tell a story in a way that was visually and emotionally unique, but the movie suffers because he or she is unable to get us to care about anything in the movie other than the characters and their relationships. For the most part, the characters are underdeveloped and the relationships between the characters is uninteresting and unneeded. I will say that the cinematography was very well done, but the story is not well developed or entertaining. It was interesting and had some kind of a message, but the message just felt scattered and unnecessary. In addition, the story was incredibly dark and the directors attempts to make it as lighthearted as possible was a bit sad and I was able to see that he wanted to make a movie with some substance, but it was lost in the complexity of the story. There were also some scenes that were so out of place and unnecessary that they were hard to understand. Overall, I think the film was a waste of time and the filmmakers were trying to do something new with the storytelling, but it just didn't work. I think the only reason I gave it a 7 was that it was entertaining and unique in it's presentation, but the story was nothing special and the story was just lost in the cinematography and the cinematography was bad. The movie was not funny or entertaining, and the story was not interesting and important. I am afraid that this movie will only appeal to people who are into dark stories, but I don't think that is why people will watch this movie.
Saturday, 06 Jun 2020 10:36

The documentary is by far the best thing about "7 Bars", the story of the real life, brutally violent man who lived in Berlin. His story is about the man who went by the nickname "Seven Bars" to avoid the name of his former partner "Seven Degrees", a man who wanted to establish a bar in the Eastern part of Berlin. Seven Bars was in fact a guy who was seeking revenge after the murder of his partner. When the original owner of the bar "Seven Degrees" died, Seven Bars took over the bar and destroyed it. His main goal was to exact the revenge of the bar. At the end, the bar was destroyed and his former partner was arrested. The police thought that Seven Degrees was his partner and turned the murder investigation over to Seven Degrees. The reason for the name "Seven Degrees" is also another interesting aspect of this documentary. The owner of the bar "Seven Degrees" was the former partner of a man who was in fact Seven Degrees, a man who was known as "Seven Degrees". He told the police that he was not his partner and that he wanted to be the "one" and to become a hero. The police decided to continue investigating Seven Degrees's partner and was eventually able to arrest him. But, in the end, Seven Degrees was released and went to live in Poland with his brother. He died of AIDS a few years later. This documentary is really powerful, it shows the brutality that Seven Bars had to go through to create a bar in the Eastern part of Berlin and the lengths that he had to go through to achieve that goal. I enjoyed this documentary very much because it made me realize that not everyone is as violent as the man who goes by the name of "Seven Bars". This is just my personal opinion.
Sunday, 26 Apr 2020 07:34

One thing that I have to add is that this is by no means an objective documentary and doesn't try to offer any sort of judgement or critique of the clubs that these men came from. All it does is show a snapshot of the two types of clubs in which they were actually part of. The one type of club that would have been most important to them was the main one, which they would have been the ones to go to. The other type of club was a black scene which would have been important but not the one they went to. I have to admit that I have not been a fan of the black scene, which I've seen quite a few of and find very boring and lacking in the way that I like to be involved. I'm not saying that the black scene is better or worse than the other kind of clubs, but it's not something that I particularly like. But that's not really the point of this documentary, which is to show the lifestyle and habits of these guys, both black and white. The point of the documentary is to show how the two types of clubs work. It's a bit of an unusual kind of documentary, because for the most part you're not really watching the clubs play but rather watching the guys interacting and the type of culture they have. The fact that it's mostly white men is not really a problem for me because it doesn't matter whether they're black or white, they just play and there's a lot of white guys playing. The documentary is a lot more entertaining and interesting if you know what to look for. It's not a real criticism of the clubs and there are a lot of times where I think the club really does deserve it's high rating, but it doesn't really give you a clear picture of who the clubs were or why they are so popular. Still it's a good documentary and I wouldn't have minded it if it hadn't been shot on the same day as the World Cup final. I wouldn't want to do the documentary on that day but the final is still the same day as the World Cup final.
Sunday, 26 Apr 2020 04:04

I'm a bit surprised at how much I enjoyed this film. It's not my cup of tea, but I had a great time watching it. I expected the film to be slow and boring, but it actually was extremely fast paced. It's the kind of film that keeps you interested. Even when it's not super interesting, it's always something to look forward to. I thought it was very interesting. It does have a bit of a political message, but it's not about that. It's about how people around the world deal with issues of their own, not just the ones they're facing. The film is about how life is in general, and how it's much more than the events that happen in the world. The characters in the film are all quite interesting, and even though they're all slightly different, you can feel their similarities. It's a very different type of film, but a very interesting one. The two leads are really good actors. I think it's because they're very different in character, but it works for the story. The film's political message is the most interesting part, and it does focus on that. I thought the ending was very well done. I also really liked the end titles, which were very well done. It really makes you think about what's going to happen. The film has a bit of a unique style to it. It's not the same as most documentaries you might see, but it works. It's a lot of fun to watch. It's an easy film to watch, but it's definitely not boring. I can see it having some appeal. It's a pretty interesting film, and it's worth a watch.


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