Music from the Big House
This documentary is a rare and exclusive musical journey. Rita Chiarelli, an award-winning recording artist, takes a pilgrimage to the birthplace of the blues, Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary. She never imagined that her love of the blues would lead her to a historic jailhouse performance with inmates serving life sentences for murder, rape, and armed robbery. This film now gives lifers something to live for through the power of music. In contrast to sensational stories of convicts, we witness remarkable voices of hope as their love of music radiates humanity and redemption on their quest for forgiveness.