Prison for Profit

Ilse van Velzen / Femke van Velzen

Netherlands, The 2019, 83 min.

Documentary

Spoken language: English

Subtitles: English

Hard-hitting documentary about the grim reality inside South Africa’s Mangaung Prison. Run by private multinational security company G4S, ill-treatment, torture and neglect are rampant and underpaid prison guards fear for their lives. With accounts from whistleblowers, warders and ex-inmates, and shocking leaked video footage.

When inmates are seen as mere instruments to make money, how can a prison function at all? Investigative journalist Ruth Hopkins is on a quest to expose the consequences of prison privatisation in South Africa. She talks to whistleblowers, analyses damning leaked video footage, and tries with all her might to get her story out there. We meet Shakes, a soft-spoken warder at Mangaung Prison. The stress of his job takes its toll on his private life. ‘It’s survival of the fittest,’ he says. Francis, an ex inmate, experienced this struggle from the other side: he is heavily traumatised and permanently injured from ill-treatment.

Filmmakers Ilse and Femke van Velzen (Weapon of War, Justice for Sale) show the cost of abandoning rehabilitation in favour of profits in the prison system: fear, violence and dehumanisation.

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Credits

Official website: http://www.cinemadelicatessen.nl/film/prison-for-profit

Productions:

IF Productions

info@ifproductions.nl

+31 642296948

www.ifproductions.nl

Dutch distribution:

Cinema Delicatessen

info@cinemadelicatessen.nl

+31204207123

www.cinemadelicatessen.nl

World sales:

Java Films

contact@javafilms.fr

+33 174713313

www.javafilms.fr

Talkshows & debates

Prison for Profit: Q&A with Ilse & Femke van Velzen

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 21:00

We talk with filmmakers Ilse & Femke van Velzen about the privatization of public services in South Africa and in the Netherlands.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 12:30

Q&A with Femke and Ilse van Velzen (Dutch)

Prison for Profit: Q&A with Lodewijk Asscher, Sander Heijne en Ilse & Femke van Velzen

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 21:15

After the film, filmmakers Ilse & Femke van Velzen will talk to journalist Sander Heijne and politician Lodewijk Asscher, about the privatization of public services in the Netherlands.

 

Prison for Profit: Q&A with Ilse & Femke van Velzen

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 19:00

We talk with filmmakers Ilse & Femke van Velzen about the privatization of public services in South Africa and in the Netherlands