The Dhamma Brothers
The Dhamma Brothers (2008)

East meets West in the Deep South. An overcrowded maximum-security prison--the end of the line in Alabama's correctional system--is dramatically changed by the influence of an ancient meditation program. Behind high security towers and… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 11, 2008
DVD Release Date: November 2, 2010
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This thoughtful if rough hewn doc about death row inmates who discover Buddhism inspires hope that all of us are worthy of redemption.

Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

An example of advocacy filmmaking at its most inspired.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

A sort of cross between The Shawshank Redemption and an episode of MSNBC's Lockup, the intriguing documentary The Dhamma Brothers makes a cogent case for prisoner rehabilitation over, as one inmate here bluntly puts it, being 'warehoused till you die'.

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Marc Mohan

The thoughtfulness and humanity of these inmates is a potent reminder that there's almost no such thing as a lost cause.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

A sincere but unevenly made documentary about Buddhism on death row.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

There's one image you're likely to take away from this mind-boggling documentary. It's of rows and rows of men dressed completely in white and seated cross-legged on royal blue mats.

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Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

Though compelling as far as it goes, a little more skepticism and drama would have made for a more engaging film and enhanced its message.

Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Most of these men will never know freedom beyond prison walls, but they have learned liberation from within.

Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

The Dhamma Brothers offers a constructive alternative to the hopelessness of human warehousing.

Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The film does a poor job of explaining the discipline or how it works, and naively takes the convicts' testimonials at face value.

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[font=Century Gothic]"The Dhamma Brothers" is an insightful documentary about an intense ten day course on Vipassana meditation taught at the… More