A rare look at the interactions between inmates and wardens over a period of two years, the Neve Tirza prison for women in central Israel is the setting for a story seen through the eyes of three women: one Jewish, one Muslim and one Christian. Ethnic diversity is confined to a stifling existence in tiny cells for what seems like an eternity. These women are locked down and shut out from society – and from themselves. Strong and yet vulnerable, the relationship between the prisoners and the staff, and between the women themselves is a mixture of collective distrust and mutual respect.
Directed by: Liat MerProduced by: Anath Kendell – One Light ProductionsSponsored by: Israel Channel 8, Makor Foundation, Mifal HapayisLanguage: Hebrew with English subtitles
LOCKED DOWN at the DocuDays International Film Festival in Kiev, 2014 (a reportage in Russian): http://9tv.co.il/video/2014/03/17/47110.html
David Ben Gurion said that he dreamed of Israel becoming a normal nation like other nations -- with crime and prostitution. No worries there -- we have become entirely normalized! Liat Mer's documentary, Locked Down, provides a glimpse at life in a woman's prison in central Israel, Neve Tirza, which houses 200 inmates.
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