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Thursday, 1 May 2008

Thrilled to be in prison!

IMAGE: Michael Jackson behind barsHere's a video that is of course not new. In fact it's probably safe to say that it's an internet classic.
But seeing as I haven't yet posted it on here, I feel it definitely deserves a spot on Weird Wonderful Web.

A lot of people, on first seeing this video, thought it to be fake. As in, not a real prison and/or not real prisoners.
But subsequently there have been some documentaries filmed at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) in the Philippines to try and gain some insight into why these prisoners, many of whom are violent rapists and murderers, will prance about to 80's pop.

The documentary that stands out for me though, was Channel 4's - First Cut: Murderers on the Dance Floor. If you live in the UK, I believe you can still get to see it on 4OD.
Outside the UK I'm not sure how you'll find it, but it's worth checking out.
The Wiki entry for the Cebu Thriller video briefly mentions said documentary and its investigation of abuse claims. The film tries to discover how the prison governor Byron Garcia gets these criminals to dance, and slightly more sinister, what happens to those that refuse? And why have so many of these tough criminals now got Byron Garcia tattoos?

Despite all that, this video (along with the prisoner's other dance routines) is certainly entertaining.