No matter how hard you try, you will not be able to understand what life is like behind bars unless you experience it for yourself. However, if you are very curious, one way to understand just a little bit is by watching Susan McGregor’s documentary, ‘Life Behind Bars: Visiting Hours’.
This documentary was filmed at the Low Moss Maximum Security Prison in Glasgow, Scotland. It showcases visitation hours showing the very real meetings between prisoners and their loved ones. There is no movie style drama, violence or blood that many movies will have you believe is the only reality of prison.
Although most prisoners would not take part in the documentary as it cut into their private, personal time, McGregor was able to to come up with an interesting cast.
One of the prisoners showcased was Mark from Manchester. The fifty-three year old man received a five year prison sentence. The documentary shows his loving relationship with his three daughters and granddaughter. Mark is just another one of the many prisoners who made a mistake and wants to rectify it by getting a job and spending more time with their family. Many staff members also contributed to the documentary.
The documentary film features different things that happen when inmates get prison visits. It features “other than the usual” TV glimpses behind bars that we are used to seeing in films.
There is no cell door banging, prison fights or inmates that are so off their rockers on drugs, they do not know where they are or what they are doing.