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The gates surrounding Roumieh Prison are an insurmountable barrier between the inmates and the rest of society.Drama therapist-cum-film director Zeina Daccache has been tearing down these fences for some years now. Her most recent assault was launched in June, when she invited members of the public, politicians and public figures inside Roumieh for a play performed by its inmates."Johar ... Up in the Air," the documentary film shot during the performance, is now screening in a three-day run at Metropolis Empire Sofil, in the presence of a few former inmates released from Roumieh since May.In "12 Angry Lebanese," staged in Roumieh in 2009 – the Lebanese-Arabic adaptation of Reginald Rose's "12 Angry Men" – a jury deliberates about condemning to death an 18-year-old boy accused of killing his father.In the play, the 11 jury members – played by inmates – nearly condemn an innocent man because of their own preconceptions.Catharsis has worked with individuals from the most destitute sectors of Lebanese society, including women inmates and migrant workers.
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