Price: $275.00

    Code: 1943

    Directed by Jonathan Schwartz
    2003, 55 minutes
    Purchase: $275 Classroom Rental: $95

    Of the over two million Americans in jail today, one out of five inmates will be sexually assaulted during their incarceration. Most of those who will be "turned out," or sodomized, and turned into sexual slaves, will be nonviolent drug offenders who have doubled the prison population over the last decade. This video is a shocking but insightful expose of the taboo subject of homosexual rape and homosexual relations in prison. It features frank and often graphic interviews with inmates at correctional facilities throughout the U.S., in which they explain the sexual hierarchy of "boys" or "sissies," who play the female role to more powerful inmates known as "men," with the latter often developing relationships with several "boys" and thus developing "families," which provide sex, companionship and protection for more vulnerable inmates. Prisoners also discuss the underground economy, the sociology of power and lust, and the sexual exploitation of inmates by prison guards, while interviews with a prison warden and family members of inmates reveal the general awareness of sexual assault within our prison system and the culture of silence which enables its perpetuation.

    New 2007 DVD with hours of bonus material!
    Deleted Scenes
    Music Videos
    Image Gallery
    Where Are They Now?
    Director's Commentary

    Visit The New Official "Turned Out" Website

    Subjects & Collections

    Festivals & Awards

    Winner, Best Documentary, Oxford Film Festival
    Winner, Best of Festival Award, Berkeley Video and Film Festival
    Winner, Indie Spec Best Jury Award, Boston International Film Festival
    Winner, Indian Telly Awards - Bronze
    Official Selection, NewFest (New York Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual
    and Transgender Film Festival)
    Official Selection, Kansas City Gay and Lesbian Film + Video Festival
    Official Selection, Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
    Official Selection, Detroit Docs International Film Festival
    Official Selection, Atlanta Urban Mediamakers Film Festival
    Official Selection, Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival


    "Prison rape is one of the most enduring of America’s unreported narratives, despite being a virtual epidemic… Turned Out is a rarity in turning the camera on this subculture within a subculture, both victims and perpetrators… the raw revelations of the inmates, explain why this documentary has a special importance as potentially the last one of its kind.” - Bright Lights Film Journal