• 9 10
  • 2016
  • 91min
  • Original Title: Prisoner (1979-1986)

This observational documentary follows a man who works in the construction of the largest prison in Uruguay. But on the other side of the border with Brazil, he hides a secret that must be brought to light.


AWARDS: Best Documentary. Festival Detour/ Special Mention. AtlantiDoc

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: Visions Du Réel/ Malaga Film Festival/ Atlanta Film Festival/ Doc Buenos Aires/ Muestra Internacional de Documentales de Bogota/ Chicago Latino Film Festival

Prisoner. A man on the border of two lives

While working in Uruguay's biggest penitentiary construction, Miguel leads a double life between two families and struggles to find the courage to disclose the truth to his loved ones.

In a close approximation, the camera follows the protagonist through the Uruguayan and Brazilian territories and constructs the metaphor of an internal prison built inside a character persecuted by his guilt.

Ana Tipa
Ana Tipa Director

Production Companies

Huerfanita Films

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