The Return: SFFS Viewing Guide

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POSTED BY: San Francisco Film Society

CREATED: Monday, April 25, 2016

The Return is a moving documentary that follows the lives and challenges of two California inmates who are released from life sentences with the reversal of the state’s notorious three strikes law. A class screening of the film may complement a Social Studies, Social Justice, or Legal Studies curriculum, and will encourage students to consider the purpose and the efficacy of the American criminal justice system. Taught in conjunction with this guide, the film will challenge students to think critically about mass incarceration, justice, and the role of the prison system in addressing social problems like poverty and addiction. Discussion questions and supplemental materials facilitate further research into related topics such as family relationships, post-traumatic stress syndrome and the activist potential of documentary film.

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