Prison Documentaries

Last Words

This thought-provoking short film by Lucas Jatoba and Andrew Goldie tells the story of eight convicts on death row and the last words they spoke before being executed.

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Upstate Purgatory

Four Prisoners Trying to Escape Internal Damnation

Over a thousand men and women are housed at the Albany County Correctional Facility in upstate New York. They are kept there while they await their trials.

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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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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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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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