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Laure Geerts


Belgium - 2011-2013

Belgian prisons are overpopulated; jailbreaks and strikes are too frequent. Some buildings are broken-down, squalid, and too little efforts are made to help prisoners return to society. Many know drugs, depression, violence and isolation. Is prison a place from where people come out even more dangerous than before entering it? How to reconcile the punitive role of a prison sentence with the educational value of the sentence? Is it possible to imagine a prison with a human face? These photographs try to tell Belgian penitentiary life as close as possible to reality, through the faces of the inmates, of the jail-keepers and of the social workers.

Sounds from inside with interviews and poems of prisoners. Director: Laure Geerts - Sound editing: Massimo Cataldo