What I Want My Words To Do To You, offers an amazing check out the minds and hearts of the females inmates of New york city’s Bedford Hills Correctional Center. The movie goes inside a writing workshop led by playwright and activist Eve Ensler, including 15 women, many of whom were founded guilty of murder. Through a series of workouts and discussions, the women examine their pasts and check out the nature of their criminal activities and the degree of their own liability.
The film finishes in an emotionally stimulating prison efficiency of the ladies’s writing by acclaimed actors Mary Alice, Glenn Close, Hazelle Goodman, Rosie Perez and Marisa Tomei.
Participants in What I Desired My Words To Do To You consist of:
– Pamela Smart, who struggles over the affair she had with a high school student who ultimately killed her spouse.
– Judith Clark and Kathy Boudin, imprisoned considering that 1981 for their involvement in the break-in of an armored vehicle in Nyack, New York that resulted in the deaths of 3 guys.
– Betty Harris admits to eliminating her mom after withstanding years of abuse.
– Keila Pulinario, convicted of killing a man she had actually accused of raping her.
– Donna Hylton, a former track star convicted of murder
– Monica Szlekovics, mid-20’s, who tries, through her writing, to convey to her mom that, with a sentence of 50-to-life, there’s a strong opportunity she will never leave jail.
– Roslyn Smith, late 30’s, founded guilty of murder at 17, who blogs about the unexpected outburst by a male who visited her in the honor real estate unit to learn more about Bedford’s guide-dog training program.
•Cynthia Berry, ex-drug addict and former prostitute who murdered 71-year-old “john.”
Watching the film I feel repentance for the woman and their stories but at the same time it makes me reflect on the victims and their families. It makes me ask the question, does the end justify the means? Because these stories are so close to home, we tend to overlook the victims and side with the women and say he raped her he deserved it. Is it wrong to feel sorry for these women? No it’s in our human nature to feel compassion for someone. We all know someone who was raped, or in any of these woman’s situations and if it were my daughter, sister or mother I would want to murder that person myself, but in actuality no one deserves their life taken away, for any reason. Which makes me ask another question. What is the difference between them and I? What will make me stop and think not to do it and yet have the next person do it without a thought? Is it something that they’re born with or is it the environment they were brought up in?
For example my sister and I were molested by the same man she grew up not able to recover from it and I did. She uses drugs because for that moment it helps her forget and as for me I steer far away from drugs. Why, if our upbringing (environment) is the same, our choices are different? What forces us to react in different ways? This is a question that is beyond me but I give praise to these ladies to have the courage to explore in depth the sad and unfortunate events that brought them to where they are today. Even though most will endure more years in confinement than they had in freedom, participating in this program gives them hope and an opportunity to have some of life’s most valued experiences.
Life experiences such as develop the discipline to focus on themselves and their past, develop a skill (writing/acting), and gain recognition and approval for work well done. Respect gained for their reflection and hard work, I’m sure has enabled them to feel a renewed sense of self-worth; self-worth that allows them at least an ounce of joy, something they may not have felt for a very long time. We usually see the victims’ side and don’t care to see the other side but thanks to this film it gives us the opportunity and opens our eyes to see that we all have stories wrong or right it’s our story and we have a right to tell it without judgments because we all are human and therefore make mistakes. Don’t judge someone if you haven’t walked a mile in their shoes.