Skip to main content

ALONE IN FOUR WALLS

Germany, 2007 (MIFF 2008, Documentaries)

Director: Alexandra Westmeier

ALONE IN FOUR WALLS

Sometimes, jail is the only place you can be free.

In Russia, 15-year-olds convicted of criminal acts get sent to adult prisons; for anyone younger it's reform school. Alone in Four Walls takes us inside one such complex in rural Russia, packed to the rafters with 10- to 14-year-old boys convicted of very adult crimes, from petty theft to rape to multiple murder. Almost without exception the inmates come from broken and abusive homes, many having resorted to crime in order to survive.

Focusing on a handful of boys and their families, Alone in Four Walls gives us a glimpse of youths who only now, locked away and given shelter, food and an education, are finally free to act like kids.

Alexandra Westmeier is a guest of the festival.


D/S Alexandra Westmeier P Inigo Westmeier, Alexandra Westmeier WS The Film Sales Company L Russian w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2007/85mins

See also...

INTO GREAT SILENCE

Into Great Silence was winner of a Special Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Nestled in the French Alps, the Grand Chartreuse monastery is home to the Carthusian Order, one of the ... More »

THOMAS PYNCHON: A JOURNEY INTO THE MIND OF [P.]

Regarded by some as the greatest writer since the second world war, by others as unreadable, most literary critics will agree that in the past 50 years few English-speaking authors have had such a ... More »

CON MAN CONFIDENTIAL

Peter sold tickets for seats on a moon landing. Marc sold holiday homes that he didn't own. Torsten impersonated a diplomat to organise a NATO security conference. Four pathological liars who lived ... More »

AUTOMAT KALASHNIKOV

"I wanted to make the world a better place by inventing a perpetual motion machine. At the front during WWII I realised that there is only one perpetual motion machine: the weapon"—Michail ... More »

JOANE'S LAW

Director/writer Dobrivoie Kerpenisan spent his childhood in a remote, rural Romanian village. Joane's Law retraces his steps on a journey to the village, and his relatives, after an absence of over ... More »

THE MISSION OF RAOUL WALLENGERG

This timely and fascinating account is the first Soviet film investigation of the mystery of the famous Swedish diplomat, Raoul Wallenberg, who was credited with saving the lives of an estimated ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director