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With the aid of outside volunteers and professionals who have deep commitment and experience in the unique arena of men's group work, the Freedom Within Prison Project conducts weekly circles and occasional weekend intensives where inmates can safely work through personal issues that have prevented them from living up to their full potential as human beings.
Through working with FWPP, prisoners take behavioral, emotional, and spiritual responsibility for their lives, positively impacting the level of consciousness in the entire prison community as well as within their families and society outside the prison walls. Written/Directed/Shot/Edited by Mike Buffo
Michael Buffo started out as a friend, and transitioned into a videographer shooting a documentary inside the Salinas Valley Prison for our group, The Freedom Within Prison Project. I was impressed with his contractual acumen, the ease at which he guided us into the development of a 1 minute commercial, a 5 minute home page video, and a 10 minute mini-documentary. His camera operation in a sensitive environment, a level 4 state prison, Michael being a "one-man crew", and coaching us through the film-envisioning process as well as his interviewing of the warden was excellent. I felt at ease and trusted his decisions in obtaining the shots we needed for our film, and was appreciative that his respect and care led our inmates to feel welcomed and at ease during the filming.”
– Jay Saber, Facilitator at Freedom Within Prison Project
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