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Breaking the Cycle (2017)

Vägen tillbaka (original title)
The director of Halden prison, Norway's most humane prison, visits american prisons trying to encourage to change the ways of rehabilitation in prison.


Tomas Lindh, John Stark


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Christian ... Himself, Halden Prison inmate
Walter Ball Walter Ball ... Himself, Attica Correctional Facility inmate
Valentino Dixon Valentino Dixon ... Himself, Attica Correctional Facility inmate
Tor Tor ... Himself, Halden Prison inmate
Jan Strømnes Jan Strømnes ... Himself, deputy warden, Halden Prison
Dale E. Artus Dale E. Artus ... Himself, superintendent, Attica Correctional Facility (as Dale Artus)
James Conway James Conway ... Himself, former Attica Correctional Facility superintendent
Jamar Jones Jamar Jones ... Himself, Attica Correctional Facility inmate
Maria Frøvik Maria Frøvik ... Herself, correctional officer, Halden Prison
Trevor MacIntyre Trevor MacIntyre ... Himself, correctional officer, Attica Correctional Facility
Mike Meegan Mike Meegan ... Himself, correctional officer, Attica Correctional Facility
Michelle Boeheim Michelle Boeheim ... Herself, correctional officer, Attica Correctional Facility
Jacob Rouse Jacob Rouse ... Himself, Attica Correctional Facility inmate
Adrian Adrian ... Himself, Attica Correctional Facility inmate
Sam Tax Sam Tax ... Himself, Halden Prison inmate


The director of Halden prison, Norway's most humane prison, visits american prisons trying to encourage to change the ways of rehabilitation in prison.

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Norwegian | English

Release Date:

2 March 2017 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Breaking the Cycle See more »

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Yleisradio (YLE) See more »
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Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Fascinating look at the prison system
8 February 2019 | by maccas-56367See all my reviews

Fascinating stuff, ultimately about just treating fellow humans as humans, with kindness and respect.

There's no question that America's prisons are far too preoccupied with security and holding people than they do actual rehabilitation - my incarcerated friends in the US prison system tell me those exact things.

This short doco makes you question things. The exercise the Norwegian warden does with the US inmates was intriguing - a murderer wanting a couch, when I'm sure his victim probably just wants to breathe again.

Things sometimes feel a little strange when someone from one country starts judging how things are done in another country. Norway has a prison population of about 4,000 people, compared to the US prison population of some 2.3 million - so, uh, is it really a fair comparison? In some ways, I would say no. It would be a little like an Australian walking around the US bragging about their successful gun legislation.

Norwegians are different people to Americans, and what might work in one culture, may not work in another. In saying that, the culture of revenge and continued punishment needs to be addressed in many prisons throughout the world.

Side note: I wouldn't mind living in a Norwegian prison - food looked delicious and they get badass recording studios.

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