Tehachapi – Jan. 4th

On Thursday, January 4th, at 7pm at The Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture, the Bozeman Doc Series continues with the Montana premiere of the critically acclaimed new documentary, Tehachapi.

Over three years, French photographer and artist JR developed a large-scale artwork in a maximum-security prison in California in collaboration with those incarcerated at the institution. The project shows the power of art as a tool for hope and transformation in a systemically violent carceral system. Well-known for his collages and giving a voice to the marginalized and unseen, JR is also the co-director of the Academy Award-nominated Faces Places with Agnès Varda. Questioning the limits of the US carceral system, Tehachapi is a rare, illuminating and moving feature documentary, showing how art can be a decisive means to reintegration and rehabilitation.

Tehachapi world-premiered at the prestigious Telluride Film Festival to widespread critical acclaim.

“Thought provoking…intimate and immersive…discovers perseverance and hope in a seemingly hopeless place.” Telluride Film Festival

“Uplifting…only the hardest of hearts will remain unmoved by the passion and compassion that JR brings to this ambitious, inclusive, hope-driven project.” Film Verdict

“There’s a propulsive energy here, driven both by JR’s infectious energy and the interesting cast of inmates he assembles…sheds valuable light on the individual stories behind the statistics.” Screen Daily


Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are available at the door or before the show at www.bozemandocseries.org. The series will continue every other week through April, 2024.