Perceptive and artistic in equal measure is this new documentary commenting on the U.S. justice system concerning mass incarceration.
Garrett Bailey provides noticeable ardor to Time in this look at a Louisiana black family whose lives were in upheaval after a criminal act of desperation to save a failing clothing business.
The main figure here is Sibil Richardson, known as Fox Rich, in a crisply edited, often riveting intimate portrait. This businesswoman and now mother of six children, with son Remington serving on the lensing end strives to get her husband Rob G. Rich released from the State Penitentiary having filled about a third of his sixty-year sentence for armed robbery abetted by Fox Rich and his nephew.
Fox Rich notes her mother’s sagely advice about the easy and hard parts of trouble as her narration and on-screen she sees herself as a prison ‘abolitionist.’ The impediments death with have been numerous and her family’s lives have been recorded without a father and husband with an indefatigable spirit and education lifting them up from the kind of ire that has lingered since the Civil War.
After three or so years Fox Rich was released from her term (she was the getaway drivers during the incident in the late 1990’s) to be a single mother. One who’s jaded, yet illuminatingly unrelenting in working to earn her husband’s release.
Monochromatic imagery is like a kaleidoscope that transfers well to the narrative that limits the specifics while carrying pungent points. As it tussles with a larger issue that includes imprisonment, policing, and trails. There’s noticeable humanistic sentiences in a familial emphasis that is warmly focused from the video anecdotes. In ways that mesmerizes in a surprising scale around a community leader like Fox Rich whose heart won’t be diminished by deep melancholy.