Next Saturday, March 13th, our Dinner and a Doc film will be Arnold Shapiro’s Scared Straight, which won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 1978. The film follows seventeen young offenders as they are taken to Rahway maximum Security prison in New Jersey where some of the inmates give them a raw introduction to what prison life actually entails. The experiment so effectively shocked the offenders that the film spawned many similar programs, though there is some controversy as to whether they actually reduce repeat offenses.
Further information can be found in an interview with Karl Shapiro by Kristen Kidder, in this clip from the original film, and in this school version of the twenty year follow up film.
The soup that night will be Cauliflower and Sorrel Soup, a Gordon Ramsay recipe, though I will be omitting the optional caviar as it is a bit beyond my budget.
The event will be at my place, 130 Dublin Street, Guelph, and all are welcome, though the film contains a good deal of profanity, so this may not be a great night to bring your kids. We will eat at about 5:30 and begin the film at about 6:00. As usual, I would appreciate an email or a comment to let me know that you will be coming.
Also, here are some of the upcoming films we will be showing: