Federal Penal Colony No. 56 is situated in central Russia, in the middle of a forest larger than Germany and a seven-hour drive from the nearest city. In winter, temperatures fall to 40 degrees below zero. There are 260 prisoners serving out their sentences, all of them for murder. Nick Read and Mark Franchetti gained access to this isolated world and talked to the men about their crimes, their punishment and what freedom means to them. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Nick Read.
The death penalty was re-instated in the United States in 1976, for every ten people that have been executed since then, one person has been released from death row. One for Ten is a crowd-funded series telling the stories of these innocent people. It is made live on the road; shot in one day, edited the next, and uploaded overnight. The screening will be followed by a debate with co-directors Will Francome and Mark Pizzey, and producer Laura Shacham discussing the pros and cons of creating short web-documentaries, online distribution and crowd-funding.