"Can a person's life have meaning again once she has done something truly horrible?" In this raw and deeply emotional documentary, a group of inmates are asked to address this question in a writing workshop led by playwright Eve Ensler at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women. Each woman in the writing group, including high-profile convicts such as former Weather Underground members Kathy Boudin and Judy Clark, accepts the challenge of addressing her crime, reckoning with her past, and envisioning a meaningful future in the face of spending the rest of life behind bars. The stories they share are lessons on self-discovery and the power of taking responsibility for one's life and actions from which we can all learn.
More than simply a document of a writing workshop, What I Want My Words to Do to You is a film about the power and mechanics of the artistic process. After the grueling and intimate process of struggling to articulate deep and difficult truths, the inmate's manuscripts are then rehearsed and performed by a group of actresses for the entire prison population. A palpable feeling grows in the audience as the performance feeds the human hunger for transformation.