film production + social action

Featured Project: Dhamma Brothers

We are kicking off our monthly featured project for 2012 with Dhamma Brothers, a documentary film by Jenny Phillips. Phillips, who founded the Freedom Behind Bars Foundation, filmed what happened in an Alabama maximum security prison when Vipassana meditation was introduced to the prisoners. Men who were imprisoned for some of the most heinous crimes had to spent 10 straight days in silent meditation within the prison. Check out the trailer, then watch the film to see what happened before, during and after those 10 days.

Righteous Pictures is working with the director to build out the online community with the goal of driving awareness and increasing the number of prison meditation programs and volunteers within those programs. We have helped her update the website, build and grow the Facebook page, and become familiar with Twitter and YouTube. This Spring, Dhamma Brothers will premiere on Oprah’s OWN network. So follow us on Twitter and Facebook to find out exactly when!

Phillips also wrote a book called Letters from The Dhamma Brothers to accompany the film. The book consists of letters written from the prisoners to Jenny after the 10 day program and filming had ended. The letters provide intimate access to the thoughts, dreams and challenges the Dhamma Brothers possess.