Released is a video about a prison and a woman. It is a boldly innovative statement, proceeding in the diverse styles of music video, video art, activist video, animation and video diary. It draws on various materials and modes, including interviews with a feminist imprisoned for a while, and with a photographer and a prostitute; animation describing the feelings of a woman prisoner; and footage of the making of Cheryl Dunye’s feature film, Stranger Inside, which explores the lives of a prisoner and her daughter. Through stunning and unconventional short montages and interviews, the video offers words and images about prison from a woman’s perspective, the experiences of women in an unfamiliar place, a prison. (Kim Sun-ah)
Alexandra JuhaszAlexandra Juhasz
Associate Professor of Media Studies at Pitzer College, with a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from NYU. Her works include documentaries and alternative video. Her subjects include activism and the history and representation of AIDS, feminism and gay depiction in the media. She has taught at NYU, Swarthmore and Bryn Mawr College on women and film, feminists, and women’s documentaries. She has written multiple articles on feminism and AIDS. She produced the feature film, The Watermelon Woman, as well as nearly fifteen educational documentaries on feminist issues.