In an Ideal World is heroic filmmaking. Award-winning producer NoelSchwerin tells of the difficult struggle to implement racial cell integration inside California’s infamous Soledad prison. Told through the eyes of the warden and three inmates, we learn about the stark realities of prison life and maintaining the racial order. But the film also finds glimmers of hope behind the walls, by showing us a novel alternative to violence prison program. In an Ideal World is rich, insightful, and occasionally heartbreaking. This is a must see film for anyone who cares about prison reform, prisoner reentry, and racial tensions in America. It is a film I will not soon forget.
Joan Petersilia, PhD. Adelbert H. Sweet Professor of Law Stanford Law School