Inside the locked walls of the Two Rivers Correctional Institution near Umatilla, Ore., cell doors slide open and a group of inmates begins work with visiting theater director Johnny Stallings.  Over the next few months, as they cast, rehearse and perform William Shakespeare's comedic tale of love and reconciliation, A Midsummer Night's Dream in Prison, Iraqi-born Portland documentary filmmaker Bushra Azzouz is there among the costume fittings, meals on plastic lunch trays and deeply personal side conversations to apply her deft hand as a cultural interpreter and activist storyteller. 

The world premiere at Cinema 21 in NW Portland lifts up the many individuals, artists, donors and friends who came together around the film and the life of its director, Bushra Azzouz (1955-2019).

A Midsummer Night's Dream in Prison was completed by post-production director Enie Vaisburd, Pacific film and video associate professor and post-production producer Ellen Thomas, Northwest Film Center filmmaker.

Producer Johnny Stallings, executive director of the film's fiscal sponsor, The Open Road will host a Q&A following the premiere. Invited guests include inmate actors.

Learn more about the making of the film.