Songbirds (2005)

Downview Prison in England is host to 250 women who have committed crimes ranging from drug trafficking to manslaughter, but these women are also mothers and caretakers. In a musical set in the prison, the women sing about their lives and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 31, 2005
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John Anderson

Through the musical numbers, Songbirds achieves an artistic and emotional clarity that all the talking-head interviews in the world could never produce.

Eric Campos
Film Threat

Audiences will be in for a unique experience featuring some of the rawest musical numbers you're bound to see for a good long while.

Dennis Harvey

Songbirds is tough-mindedly striking on several levels. Its protagonists seem not exploited or manipulated, but fully engaged by their curious autobiographical mini-musical opportunity.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

The film clearly raises questions about the nature of sentencing in the UK - two "duped" drug mules, for example, are serving a mind-blowing 18 years.

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