LAND OF THE FREE (prev. TRANSFORMATION)
Director: CAMILLA MAGID
In South Central, Los Angeles, we follow Brian, a 42-year-old man, just released after having spent his whole adult life in prison. On his own, he must adapt to a modernised and changed society. He has to tackle the challenges of the Internet, getting a driver's license, and finding love.
Brian's story is interwoven with Juan and Gianni's. Juan is a teenager on probation, who wants to be a father for his baby daughter, but he is struggling to leave the drug and gang lifestyle behind. 7-year-old Gianni lives in a crowded home, to which he is confined. His mother is back from jail, but the two are finding it hard to reconnect. When she tries to keep him off the streets and away from the gangs outside, he rebels.
Filmmaker, Camilla Magid has followed their lives for over two years and the film shows with precision the psychological impact of a prison system that focuses on punishment rather than prevention and rehabilitation. The three characters merge into one life story in this intimate portrait of people living in a society where help is scarce and you have to rely on your own resources to get by.
Producer Heidi Elise Christensen
DR Sales, Kim Christiansen
Final Cut for Real
Heidi Elise Christensen
Nordic DOX Award, CPH:DOX 2017
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, July 2017
CPH:DOX, March 2017
Director: Camilla Magid
Producers: Heidi Elise Christensen & Signe Byrge Sørensen
Creative Producer: Stine Fischer Christensen
Co-Producer: Elli Toivoniemi, Tuffi Films
Cinematography: Consuelo Althouse
Editor: Rasmus Stensgaard Madsen
Sound Designer: Peter Albrechtsen
Composer: Manoj Ramdas
Sales Agent: Kim Christiansen, DR Sales
RELEASE: 18 March 2017 (feature length)
LENGTHS: 58' and 90'
PRODUCED WITH THE SUPPORT OF
Danish Film Institute
Nordisk Film & TV Fond
Finnish Film Foundation
Danish Ministry of Education
Creative Europe - TV Programming
PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH