“Compared to a closed prison this is heaven. Compared with freedom, this is still hell”
Bastøy is a small island in Norway. The island is a state prison. One hundred and fifteen common criminals serve their sentences here, given for trafficking drugs, for manslaughter, for fraud. Guards do not carry weapons and prisoners have the key to their own room. But, how can these prisoners learn to deal with freedom, with responsibility? In fact, the island is run by the inmates and personnel together. How can such a community function?
74’ / video / colour
Original title: BASTØY
Dir: Michel Kapteijns
Prod: DNU Film , Co-prod: DALA Film, VPRO
Completed: September 2010
Language: English/Norwegian (English subtitles)
First feature length documentary.
a.o. INSIDE OUT (2006, doc series), WIZIWIK (2002, doc series), WATCHING LOUD (1999, doc series), YOUNG MEN (1998, doc series), SLY! (1993, TV series), FRIENDS (1992, short doc), LADIES AND GENTLEMEN (1992, short doc), KAMPONG ON FIRE (1990, doc).
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