THE STRIKE

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Directors LUCAS GUILKEY, JOEBILL MUÑOZ (US 2024) 86 min

Amidst the redwood trees on the California-Oregon border sits one of the most infamous prisons in US history. Pelican Bay is a supermax prison opened in 1989 and designed specifically for mass-scale solitary confinement. For decades, it held men alone in tiny cells indefinitely. Then one day in 2013, 30,000 prisoners went on hunger strike.

THE STRIKE weaves together a half century of personal and criminal justice history into a single, compelling narrative around the drama of the 2013 hunger strike to end indefinite isolation. Told through the stories of the men who survived this practice, the film details how the protest was conceived from a whisper inside the halls of Pelican Bay to a colossal feat across California prisons.

THE STRIKE goes beyond making a case against solitary; it illuminates the power of organizing and prisoner-led resistance, and in doing so, flips the true-crime genre on its head.

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DIRECTORS

Mexican-American documentary filmmaker JOEBILL MUÑOZ has directed short films for Independent Lens and NBC. His work has been supported through fellowships from the Sundance Institute, New America, Firelight Media, SFFILM, and Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. Originally from Texas, he resides in New York City. 

LUCAS GUILKEYis an award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist based in Oakland, California, who recently served as story producer on the feature documentary Aftershock, which premiered at Sundance in 2022 and is streaming on Hulu/Disney+. He developed The Strike in the SFFILM FilmHouse residency and the UC Berkeley Investigative Reporting Program.

FILM INFO

COUNTRY:US
YEAR:2024
RUNNING TIME:86 min
LANGUAGE:English
DIRECTORS:Lucas Guilkey, JoeBill Muñoz
PRODUCERS:
Lucas Guilkey, JoeBill Muñoz
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:Robina Riccitiello, David Menschel
CINEMATOGRAPHER:
Victor Tadashi Suárez
EDITOR:
Daniela I. Quiroz

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