Path of Freedom

In the tough guy world of an American prison, a former inmate returns to teach mindfulness meditation

Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

10 minutes

Path of Freedom

  • In the harsh environment of a Rhode Island men’s prison, fifty inmates are transforming their lives through the practice of mindfulness meditation. The program is the work of former inmate Fleet Maull, who visits with convicted felons to share his strategies for surviving on the inside. This film offers a rare glimpse into the inner lives of men who are reaching for peace and forgiveness, and some form of freedom behind bars.

  • Director Biography:

    Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee is a filmmaker, musician and composer. He has directed and produced numerous award-winning films including Elemental (2012), Yukon Kings (2013), A Thousand Suns (2009), What Would It Look Like (2009), A Game For Life (2008), and Barrio de Paz (2007). He also the founder and executive editor of The Global Oneness Project, a Webby Award-winning educational media platform. Prior to his work in film, Emmanuel performed with some of the biggest names in jazz, as well as releasing two critically-acclaimed records under his own name: Previous Misconceptions (2002) and Borrowed Time (2005).

  • Director: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
  • Producer: Dorothée Royal-Hedinger
  • Editor: Adam Loften
  • Cinematographer: Elias Koch
  • Original Music: H. Scott Salinas

  • Running Time: 10 minutes

Add your own review…

  • Marco

    Deeply moving piece on a very important issue. This way, without brainwashing, without false promises, is how you save a life. Just helping them look into themselves and feel like a human being, evaluate the mistakes they’ve done and focus on improving their life during, and better yet, after prison. Great work.

  • Karen Sharp

    While poignant and moving, I would like to see a change in the way ex-cons are viewed on the outside. I have seen many petitions to prevent ex-cons from living anywhere. What can they do?

  • Adrian Bailey

    I can’t think there is anybody who could watch this and not be deeply moved, and find relevance to their own life. In a world where ‘hard’ facts, ‘hard’ methods and ‘hard evidence’ prevail, it’s only through films like this that the great value of ‘soft’ interventions,
    methods and human-scaled belief in potential and growth can be seen.