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This account of Snitow’s experience teaching film to men of color in a medium security prison raises questions about pedagogy: How can one teach students to observe the complexity of human motive? How can one discuss current structures of male/female relationships without once mentioning the often-suspect word “feminism”? How can one teach at many levels at once: about aesthetics, emotions, self-regulation, politics, oppression, violence? Snitow told skeptical friends: “I want the students to consider the idea that sometimes you hit someone, but really you’re sad.” The piece includes portraits of some of the inmates in the class and describes the...

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