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  • Summary: This documentary examines the ancient meditation technique named Vipassana, which shows people how to take control of their lives and channel them toward their own good. It is the story of a strong woman named Kiran Bedi, the former Inspector General of Prisons in New Delhi, who strove to transform the notorious Tihar Prison and turn it into an oasis of peace. (Immediate Pictures) Expand
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  1. Won the Golden Spire Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival a few years back, and now, finally, the documentary is being released into theaters. It's a film with distinct virtues: It tells a fascinating story.
  2. Reviewed by: Jennifer Gonnerman
    80
    It's a stunning sight inside this notorious jail compound, which is better known for violence and corruption.
  3. Earnest, if not as informative as it might have been.
  4. As inspiring as it is, Doing Time, Doing Vipassana is too sweet for its own good; it plays like a spiritual infomercial.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    Offers substantial food for thought on the subject of prison reform, and Ariel and Menahami close by noting that Bedi's example has been followed in Thai and -- surprisingly -- U.S. prisons with encouraging results.
  6. 50
    You can't help wondering how prisoners who practiced Vipassana fared as free men.
  7. The inspector general is an interesting figure, and the images of criminals sobbing over their newfound inner peace are certainly memorable.

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