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The Condemned (2013)

In the heart of Russia, in a forest larger than Germany, where winter temperatures drop to -40 degrees, 7 hours from the nearest city, lies a prison like no other. Home to 260 men, ... See full summary »

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Nick Read
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Timur Temirov Timur Temirov ... Himself
Vlada Temirova Vlada Temirova ... Herself, Timur Temirov's wife
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In the heart of Russia, in a forest larger than Germany, where winter temperatures drop to -40 degrees, 7 hours from the nearest city, lies a prison like no other. Home to 260 men, responsible for nearly 800 murders, Penal Colony 56 is unique: a prison exclusively for killers. Written by Anonymous

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Russian

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27 June 2013 (Russia) See more »

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De fördömda See more »

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Interesting, but should have had some Q&A
12 February 2014 | by pivicSee all my reviews

This documentary is about life in a Russian, secluded maximum-security prison designed for sentenced murderers. While the documentary dished out a fair sense of isolation and desperation which was quite powerful by being solemn, I would have loved to see the response to some questions to the administration, such as "Why are the prisoners merely isolated and not rehabilitated?" (unless the documentary missed the rehab part), "Why does this kind of super-harsh prison exist, really?" and "Why are there so few visits allowed to some prisoners, and what makes some prisoners more privileged than others?". All in all, it is interesting, but I think it should have had more of a Q&A feeling to it; how would the prisoners have changed the prison stay if they could? What would the administration like to change? Naturally, this may be impossible to ask as they're all under Putin (the dictator), but still...


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