The Quilters: Review

The Quilters: Review

The Quilters: Review. By Richard Schertzer.

When one thinks of prison, you wouldn’t expect an activity like quilting to be discussed around the prisoners, but Jenifer McShane’s short documentary discusses all of that and some more.

The story revolves around a small group of prisoners that work hard to make quilts for foster children. The prisoners claim that their “tough guy” act in prison is just a front so that nobody else messes with them in general population or their cells. Some of the prisoners consider it a form of therapy as they await sentencing.



The quilting provides an outlet for the prisoners and the director is incredible at addressing that fact. The film is a lovely and caring portrait of the quiet side of prison life and the therapeutic nature on the soft side behind bars. 

The true energy of the film comes from McShane’s work behind the camera as she delves deep into an emotionally sensitive side of prison that most people would not think of behind bars and it is done with such love and care that audiences can’t help but look on at the subtle drama.

It’s always so refreshing to see a documentary that is able to challenge the status quo and work hard at being something greater than the rest.

All in all, the film has a charm that can easily be found in its simplicity and it cultivates that simplicity through its premise.


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