Cebu’s dancing inmates included in upcoming Netflix docu ‘Happy Jail’

Cebu’s dancing inmates included in upcoming Netflix docu ‘Pleased Jail’

A brand-new documentary by Filipino American filmmaker Michele Josue explores life inside the world-famous Cebu Detention and Rehabilitation Center

Updated 8:00 PM, August 10, 2019

HAPPY PRISON. This new Netflix Documentary checks out life inside the world well-known Cebu Detention and Rehab Center. Image courtesy of Netflix

CEBU CITY, Philippines– The well-known dancing prisoners of the Cebu Provincial and Rehab Center (CPDRC) initially went viral in 2007 after posting their choreography to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on YouTube. However what happened to them after that?

A new Netflix documentary by Filipino American director Michele Josue, set for release on Wednesday, August 14, surpasses the song and dance and digs deeper into the lives of those jailed in the maximum-security prison.

“Seeing the dancing prisoners carry out with such joy and unity, I felt that familiar Pinoy pride and immediately acknowledged that this remarkable program was perfectly emblematic of the Filipino people and our love of music, dance, and performance,” the Emmy-winning director stated in a declaration.

But what was expected to be an easy function on the dancers inevitably developed into an in-depth take a look at the criminal justice system with President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war as the background.

Only built to hold 1,500 prisoners, facility saw its population escalate to almost 4,000 inmates just weeks into Duterte’s term.

“Our cameras existed when CPDRC was suddenly thrust into this new era, and its personnel was overwhelmed with an influx of prisoners and the pressure of all of it,” Josue said. “Over the next 3 years, we witnessed the jail change in meaningful methods.”

The film likewise checks out the heated political drama between regional competitors Gwen Garcia, who has actually simply returned as Cebu’s governor, and Hilario “Junjun” Davide III, who was governor throughout the shooting.

Inmate-turned-consultant for the CPDRC Marco Toral, a questionable figure in Cebu society, is also followed closely in the film.

Josue previously won a Daytime Emmy in 2016 for her function movie Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine. Pleased Prison will be offered for streaming on Netflix worldwide.– Rappler.com

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