Up the Ridge Tour of Virginia

Starting Date: 10-02-2006
Starting Time: 7:00am
Ending Date: 10-08-2006

91 Madison Ave
Whitesburg, Kentucky 41858
United States
Announcing the Virginia tour of the documentary film "Up the Ridge."
October 3rd - 8th, 2006

(view the trailer and found out more on at the website)

Up the Ridge is a documentary produced by Nick Szuberla and Amelia Kirby. In 1999, Szuberla and Kirby were volunteer DJ’s for the Appalachian region’s only hip-hop radio program in Whitesburg, KY when they received hundreds of letters from inmates transferred into nearby Wallens Ridge State Prison, the newest prison built to prop up the region’s sagging coal economy. The letters described human rights violations and racial tension between staff and inmates. Filming began that year and, through the lens of Wallens Ridge, the film offers viewers an in-depth look at the United States prison industry and the social impact of moving hundreds of thousands of inner-city minority offenders to distant rural outposts. Up the Ridge explores competing political agendas that align government policy with human rights violations, and political expediencies that bring communities into racial and cultural conflict with tragic consequences.

Filmmakers Nick Szuberla and Amelia Kirby will partner with grassroots groups at each site to set-up a post screening discussion.

Oct. 2nd Newport News Christopher Newport University, 7pm Ferguson Center for the Arts Oct. 3rd Roanoke Blue Ridge Public Television, 7pm 1215 McNeil Drive Oct. 4th Charlottesville Sojourners United Church of Christ, 7pm 1017 Elliot Ave
Oct. 5th Arlington Home of Jon Sheldon 4000 N Round Hill Road
Oct. 6th Richmond Wesley Memorial United Church, 7pm 1720 Mechanicsville Turnpike
Oct. 7th Norfolk To be announced Oct. 8th Harrisonburg Eastern Mennonite University, 2pm 1200 Park Road
Geographical Scope: State

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