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      Rita Chiarelli brings her music to the big house

      May. 21, 2011

      Music From The Big House, a musical documentary directed by Bruce McDonald and featuring the Queen of Canadian blues, Rita Chiarelli, makes its television premiere this Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 8:00PM on the Documentary Channel.

      The documentary follows Chiarelli on her pilgrimage to the birthplace of the blues, Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary a.k.a Angola Prison. What starts as a planned performance for the inmates, turns into a historic musical collaboration with inmates serving life sentences for murder, rape and armed robbery.

      While we watch Chiarelli and the inmates prepare for their performance, we get a glance into what used to be the bloodiest prison in America. We hear from the inmates themselves talk about their lives, their convictions, and how music is giving them hope and redemption. This is a life changing experience not just for the inmates, but for Chiarelli herself.

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