EXECUTIVE EDITOR: Bill Moyers
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Judy Doctoroff
PRODUCED BY: Marc Levin & Mark Benjamin
PRODUCER: Rolake Bamgbose
DIRECTED BY: Marc Levin & Mark Benjamin
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Mark Benjamin
EDITOR: Jason Pollard
LINE PRODUCER: Kara Rozansky
Some are guilty. Some are innocent. Of the more than 7,500 people detained at Rikers Island on any given day, almost 80% have not yet been found guilty or innocent of the charges they face. All are at risk in the pervasive culture of violence that forces people to come to terms with what they must do for their own survival. RIKERS, a riveting new documentary from Bill Moyers, brings you face to face with men and women who have endured incarceration at Rikers Island. Their stories, told direct to camera, vividly describe the cruel arc of the Rikers experience—from the shock of entry, to the extortion and control exercised by other inmates, the oppressive interaction with corrections officers, the beatings and stabbings, the torture of solitary confinement and the many challenges of returning to the outside world. Rikers Island is New York City’s largest jail. It has also been ranked as one of the ten worst jails in America. So, says journalist Bill Moyers, if you want to understand the country’s incarceration crisis, start at the island jail in New York’s East River—just across the water from the main runway at LaGuardia Airport and within sight of the Empire State Building.
From Bill Moyers and Brick City TV producers Marc Levin, Mark Banjamin and Rolake Bambose, comes the first film to focus exclusively on former detainees of Rikers Island. Their searing testimonials about the deep-seated culture of systemic violence and corruption that has plagued the notorious NYC jail for decades add a powerful authentic voice to investigative journalism that has reported on violence and abuse at the jail.