Crowded – Baltimore City Jail

Root Event

werkleitz Festival 2008 Amerika
Crowded – Baltimore City Jail
US 1978

Shot in Direct Cinema style, Crowded addresses the situation of Black prisoners, whose numbers in American gaols are still today disproportionate to the number of Black people in the population as a whole. Whilst the film criticises overcrowding and the dilapidated condition of prison architecture, one asks oneself – when recalling pictures of more modern high-security American prisons – if the situation has not perhaps now become even worse. 

Alonzo Crawford, US 1978, 14 Min., engl.