Prison Documentaries

Hot House

With chants of ‘no cease fire, no surrender,’ Palestinians demand the release of their loved ones who are mostly young men in their late twenties and early thirties.

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Lost for Life

Could You Forgive?

This thought-provoking documentary tells the story of a few of the more than 2500 individuals in the US who are serving life sentences with no possibility of parole.

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Nelson Mandela: Free At Last

On February 11, 1990 the whole world watched as Nelson Mandela walked to freedom. He had been a political prisoner held in a tiny cell for 27 years.

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Young Kids, Hard Time (Director’s Cut)

Nelson Mandela said, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” The U.S.

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Solitary Confinement

National Geographic produced and distributed by DocumentaryStorm: SOLITARY CONFINEMENT. We take a look into the darkest, most lonely shadows of the prison system and see what it’s like to be in solitary confinement in the 21st century – and how it’s pretty similar to a 1,000 years ago.

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Hard Time: Worst of the Worst

Welcome to the worst of the worst.  Do a crime and get caught: you go to jail.  Behave poorly in jail and you go to solitary confinement.

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Charles Manson Then and Now

Charles Manson was jailed in 1970 after leading a cult of followers and murdering innocent victims, including the wife and unborn child of Hollywood director Roman Polanski. 

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Kids Behind Bars

Hidden away in the very darkest corners of countries that would rather not acknowledge their existence, there is an army of children whose voices are never heard.

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Miami Mega Jail

Part 1 In the first episode of this two-part series, Louis Theroux spends time in one of the most notorious sections of Miami County Jail: the fifth and sixth floor of ‘Main Jail’, where many of the most volatile inmates are incarcerated.

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The Mark of Cain

Sailing ships, stars, angels and executioners — The Mark of Cain chronicles the vanishing practice and language of Russian Criminal Tattoos.

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The Real Bangkok Hilton

Dubbed the “Bangkok Hilton” by the West, Thailand’s Bangkwang jail is one of the most notorious prisons in the world. Until now, the reality of life in Bangkwang has remained a secret.

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