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Films Behind Bars

If you’ve done Sundance, Sheffield DocFest and Banff, and are looking for a new film fix you should head over to Oldenburg International Film Festival in Germany (September 16 – 20, 2009). The hottest tickets in town are to five screenings held at the local high-security jail, where half of the 120 tickets go to inmates, who sit amongst the festival goers. Prisoners don’t wear prison garb during the screenings so no one knows who is a con and who isn’t (except for the prion warders). The scheme has been running for three years and has been a roaring success; so far none of the prisoners have gone missing during lights out.

Read more in Variety.


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