About the Doc

"A Hard Name" cultivates raw and intimate interviews with ex-convicts who come across as the most gentle souls you could ever meet -- apart from the stabbings and armed robberies. These men and women talk about their lives in prison and their struggles to adapt to life on the outside. In jail, the guards and the system try to break them down. To survive, they harden their spirit and live by the prison code: don't make eye contact, don't rat on your fellow convicts, don't talk to the guards, don't be an asshole. After 40 years in prison, never having held a job, many find life out of prison more difficult than life in it. Their hard exteriors crack as Zweig gets them to talk about thier lives and the events that led them to a life of crime.

What happened to Art in "A Hard Name"?

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What happened to Keith in A Hard Name?

Why make a doc about ex-cons

Meet the Filmmaker

Behind-the-Scenes on A Hard Name