Prison for Profit

  • Ilse van Velzen, Femke van Velzen
  • Netherlands
  • 2019
  • 83 min
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary
What happens when governmental and intricate care-tasks like detention and rehabilitation are left to market forces and powerful international uncontrolled corporations take over? We follow journalist Hopkins and the lives of former prisoners and warders from South Africa’s Mangaung private prison, which is run by the controversial private security firm G4S, a worldwide British multi-billion company. Leaked video-footage filmed by guards shows the true face of this notorious prison from the inside. We expose how this profit-maximization system works, how they operate this prison and what the far-reaching negative consequences are for society


Ilse van Velzen, Femke van Velzen
Femke van Velzen for IFProductions, Ilse van Velzen for IFProductions
Margje de Koning for EO/IKONdocs
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Femke van Velzen for IFProductions
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Ilse van Velzen for IFProductions, Femke van Velzen for IFProductions

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52' and 85
Spoken languages

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World Premiere
IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

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