Prison for Profit

    • Ilse van Velzen, Femke van Velzen
    • Netherlands
    • 2019
    • 83 min
    • World Premiere
    • IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary
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    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

    Credits

    Director
    Ilse van Velzen, Femke van Velzen
    Production
    Femke van Velzen for IFProductions, Ilse van Velzen for IFProductions
    Co-production
    Margje de Koning for EO/IKONdocs
    Involved TV Channel
    EO/IKONdocs

    Contact

    World Sales
    Femke van Velzen for IFProductions
    Festival Handling
    Ilse van Velzen for IFProductions, Femke van Velzen for IFProductions

    More information

    Available versions
    52' and 85
    Spoken languages
    English
    Afrikaans

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    IDFA history

    2019
    World Premiere
    IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

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