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A transmedia documentary project
'Don't build prisons, they cost too much!' In this era of Great Recession, the conservative and tough-on-crime State of Texas takes an unprecedented path by becoming a social justice leader with programs that rehabilitate offenders.
Looks like rape, abuse and death are no longer parts of the solution for modern-day Bonnie and Clyde...
DIRECTED by OLIVIER LAMBERT & THOMAS SALVA
ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK by BLACK YAYA
80 years after their death on a dirt road in Louisiana, Bonnie and Clyde might have known another ending.
Texas, their home state, is now an unknown leader of smart-on-crime programs for offenders.
Clyde Barrow who turned into a hardcore criminal after being harassed and sexually assaulted within the Texan Justice System, would have a second chance nowadays and possibly a fresh start.
Facing overcrowded prisons, high rates of recidivism, rising juvenile delinquency and a new era of Great Depression like many places all over the world (the US, France, Canada, the UK, Italy…), the Lone Star State decided to work on prevention, rehabilitation and reentry policies since 2007.
Smart-on-crime programs are cheaper than the prison system and they turn out to be more efficient.
Taking the story of Bonnie and Clyde as a starting point, Chasing Bonnie & Clyde follows the lives of current and ex young criminals to unveil these unexpected measures of social justice in the most caricatured state of the US and open a debate about what kind of justice we want.
80 years after the Great Depression, their home state of Texas is now at the forefront of smart-on-crime policies. Following the lives of former young criminals, this project unveils the unknown rehabilitation programs in the Lone Star State.
- A plunge into the lives of ex young offenders who were offered a second chance through the Texan juvenile justice system
- A 90 minutes cinematic experience told and sung by the leader of the folk band Herman Dune, Black Yaya who wrote 10 original songs
- A road-movie on Bonnie and Clyde’s tracks through the places they drove by and meetings with their relatives who tell what’s left from them
- Interviews with smart-on-crime advocates from various backgrounds
- An endless immersive and poetic journey on the tracks of Bonnie and Clyde in the Midwest to plunge into the world of second chance for offenders
- A choice of 3 audio narratives to preserve the storytelling (4 to 60 minutes) ; including an imagined story of modern rehabilitated Bonnie and Cyde told by the singer Black Yaya
- Series of road sequences (5 to 30 seconds) to discover the Midwest and be immersed in a 220° view that allows the user to look around and be active
- A built-in app to share the favourite moments of the journey and have a social impact with the hashtag #secondchance shared on social networks
- Interactive hotspots to stop and discover about second chance and the life of Bonnie and Clyde (interviews with inmates, descendants of Bonnie and Clyde, social justice advocates)
- An interactive collaborative map to collect the initiatives about second chance in the world ; with the support of social change makers and organizations working within the prison system