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Musical escape - Documentary to highlight prison rehabilitation initiative in Jamaica

Published:Thursday | November 10, 2011 | 12:00 AM
From left: Commissioner of Correctional Services Garfield Prendergast, Shirley Hanna, executive director of Nice Time, and Garcia Guereta, Nice Time's CEO and producer, shake hands after signing a memorandum of understanding, which paves the way for the production of a documentary on the impact of music in prisons. -Contributed

The Correctional Services Department of the Ministry of National Security will soon benefit from the production of a research documentary that will review and highlight the positive impact of its prison rehabilitation programme.

Spanish-Jamaican film producer Fernando Garcia Guereta and his Nice Time Productions team are set to produce a video documentary which will take a critical look at the rehabilitation through music programmes being conducted in several Jamaican prisons.

A memorandum of understanding was recently signed between the commissioner of correctional services and executives of Nice Time Productions Limited, paving the way for the commencement of what is expected to be a very interesting and exciting film project. The documentary, which is titled Songs Of Redemption, will look at the music performance and recording activities of inmates and staff of Jamaican penal institutions and how these activities have positively impacted efforts at rehabilitation.

The signing of the memorandum of understanding was done by and in the presence of Commissioner of Correctional Services Garfield Prendergast, Shirley Hanna, executive director of Nice Time, and Guereta, who is Nice Time's CEO and producer. According to Hanna, who also has responsibility for PR at Nice Time, the recent signing is the culmination of a long series of meetings and negotiations between officers of the Ministry of National Security, the Department of Correctional Services and representatives of Nice Time, and included inputs from Nice Time's legal advisor Lloyd Stanbury.

Songs Of Redemption will be the third film project to be completed by Nice Time since its incorporation in Jamaica just over two years ago. Its two previous projects are the award-winning Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast and the soon to be released Hit Me With Music.