Director | Ciara Lacy
Documentary, (Hawaii) 90 MIN.
*Official Selection 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival*
In 2007, the state of Hawaii –– short on funds and space –– outsourced the care of roughly two thousand of its male prisoners to a private, for-profit prison on the continental U.S. Now, deep in the desert of Arizona, exiled thousands of miles across the ocean from their island home, a group of indigenous Hawaiian inmates have discovered their calling on the inside: teaching each other their native language and dances while behind bars.
As several of the men complete their sentences, the film follows them as they reintegrate back home in Hawaii. Out of State explores complex questions of cultural and religious identity; the over abundance of native Hawaiians and minorities in the prison system; the cycle of criminal behavior and its impact on the family; and prisoner entitlement.