The prisoner of the iron bars

The prisoner of the iron bars

Original title: O prisioneiro da grade de ferro
Production: Olhos de Cão Produções Cinematográficas
Country: Brazil
Director: Paulo Sacramento
Script: Paulo Sacramento
Year: 2003
Duration: 123
Genre: Social documentary
Color: Color
Original language: Portuguese
Languages available: Portuguese
Subtitles: English
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 The Brazilian penitentiary system seen from the inside: one year before the demolition of Carandiru’s House of Detention, inmates learn how to use video cameras and start recording their daily life inside the biggest jail in Latin-America.


Best Film - Golden Owl Awards - 18º Leeds International Film Festival  (2004)

Best Documentary – Opera Prima - 8º Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (2004)

Best New Director Filmmaker - Tribeca Film Festival (2004)

Best Documentary - 7º Festival de Málaga (2004)

Special Mention Award - Future Film Festival / Digital Awards - 60a. Mostra Internacionale d’Arte Cinematografica di Venezia (2003)

Silver Medal - Filmmaker Doc Festival – Italy (2003)

Best International Film, Best Brazilian Film, ABD Award and The Ministery of the Culture Award - It’s All True – 8º Festival Internacional de Documentários, Brazil (2003)

Special Award from the Jury - Festival do Rio, Brazil (2003)

Best Brazilian Film - Revista de Cinema– Brazil (2004)

Best Director - Prêmio Fiesp/Sesi do Cinema Paulista (2005)

Best Documentary - Grande Prêmio TAM do Cinema Brasileiro/Academia de Cinema (2005)

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