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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