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  • A group of incarcerated teenage girls are given a shot at redemption ... by starring in a musical.

    A group of incarcerated teenage girls are given a shot at redemption ... by starring in a musical.

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  • The filmmaker goes behind the scenes at a juvenile justice facility.

    The filmmaker goes behind the scenes at a juvenile justice facility.

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    Still from Girls on the Wall

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The Film

The teenage girls of Warrenville Prison are not your average delinquents. Having “graduated” from juvie to prison, these are the kids most likely to remain in the correctional system their whole lives. They are also some of the sharpest and most irrepressible young women you’ll meet. When the girls of this heartland prison are given an unlikely shot at redemption — the chance to write and stage a musical based on their lives — they must relive their crimes, reclaim their humanity, and take a first step toward breaking free of the prison system.

Each girl in the cast must come to terms with her own darkest moments as she takes her story to the stage. Whitney uses a blend of charm and intimidation to avoid writing about her past, until she’s ready to confront her infamous crime. Hot-tempered Rosa must grapple with her own abuse when a similar story shows up in the musical’s plot. And runaway Christina’s life takes its own plot twist when a sheltered suburban family offers to adopt her. As the performance unfolds, their stories give us a visceral understanding of why a girl becomes a criminal ... and how she can get back.

The Filmmaker

  1. Heather RossProducer/Director