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Shown with: Solo Adventures Around the World During years of wrongful imprisonment in East Germany, Karl Johannsmeier developed the strong desire to see the world. After immigrating to the US, Karl embarked on an almost unplanned journey in 1963. John Leguizamo visits Rikers Island Correctional Facility to perform his one-man Broadway show Ghetto Klown for an audience of over 400 inmates. Following his performance, Leguizamo holds group discussions with justice-involved young men awaiting trial or sentencing. By sharing his personal journey of adversity and self-awareness, he encourages them to reflect openly and honestly about their own lives. This short documentary interweaves excerpts from Leguizamo’s performance and those discussions, bringing attention to the serious challenges and human side of incarceration.

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