Doing Time, Doing Vipassana is a classic documentary made from within an overcrowded prison in India. To help rehabilitate the prison population instead of merely “housing” them, they started doing 10 day silent sit vipassana courses within the prison walls.
Doing Time Doing Vipassana follows the progress of the prisoners and their startling and honest insights from their experience. I haven’t done a 10 day vipassana sit, but this documentary definitely peaked my interest, as I’m sure it has with others.
An interesting thing about vipassana is its non-sectarian, meaning it uses Buddhist meditation techniques that non-Buddhists can use. Many people of different religions have derived benefit from vipassana and this is evident in the documentary.
This vipassana program proved to be so successful, that other similar programs were started across the world. Another vipassana documentary called the Dhamma Brothers, done in an Alabama state prison, is an example of its influence on another prison across the world.