The Condemned

( Russia, United Kingdom / 2013 )
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With unprecedented access, The Condemned plunges into the hidden world of one of Russia’s most impenetrable and remote institutions: Penal Colony 56, a maximum security prison exclusively for murderers. In a forest as big as Germany, this is the end of the line for some of Russia’s most dangerous criminals – 260 men who have collectively killed nearly 800 people. In brutally frank and uncensored interviews the inmates speak of their crimes, life and death, redemption and remorselessness, freedom and families, insanity and hope.

Formats: Digital Copy, DVD
Running Time: 80 min.
Theme: Crime, Human Rights, Investigative Journalism, Politics, Russian Cinema and Culture, Society
Language(s): Russian
Subtitles: English
Director(s): Nick Read
Producer(s): Mark Franchetti
Cinematographer: Nick Read
Editor(s): Jay Taylor
The Condemned


  • Genuinely eerie and compelling, The Condemned serves up a powerful portrait of a hellish place and its doomed inhabitants. Highly recommended.
    Video Librarian

Festival participation

  • IDFA 2013
  • Hot Docs International Film Festival
  • Moscow International Film Festival

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Distribution Company: Films Transit

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