In 1971, Stanford University professors Philip Zimbardo, Craig Haney, and Curtis Banks carried out a psychological experiment, randomly assigning college student volunteers to play the role of prisoner or guard in a simulated prison. Although the students were mentally healthy and knew they were taking part in an experiment, some “guards” soon because sadistic and the “prisoners” showed signs of acute stress and depression. The planned two-week study was ended after only six days. Guaranteed to stimulate critical thinking and discussion, this provocative documentary film features archival footage, flashbacks, post-experiment interviews with the prisoners and guards, and comparisons with real prisons. Running time: 50 minutes.
FREE to LVC students, faculty, and staff. $5 admission fee for the public.