Prisoner filmed prison life, abuse with smuggled video camera

At 8 p.m. ET, HBO 2 debuts a documentary filmed largely by a prisoner using a contraband video camera. An Omar Broadway Film is named for its primary cinematographer and co-director, Omar Broadway, who’s incarcerated in the maximum security gang unit of Newark, New Jersey’s Northern State Prison.

Edited by Robert Greene and directed by Doug Tirola, the 4th Row Films production shows prison life through the perspective of Omar’s cell. That includes abuse of prisoners by corrections officers, and as the Tribeca Film Festival’s web site reported, Omar was able to smuggle a camera in with the help of a CO “who was himself fed up with the abuse he saw of the prisoners.”

Watch the trailer:

An Omar Broadway Film

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