Songs from the Backyard
Letiția Popa • Germany, Romania • 2022 • 28 min • No Premiere
Imprisoned for manslaughter, Gheorghiță is making efforts to adapt to life in prison, his aim being to obtain a reduced sentence for good behaviour.
The film was shot as part of a research workshop and the students try to capture glimpses of the lives of inmates in the Botoșani penitentiary in an observational way. In the foreground is Gheorghiță, an inmate who regrets his crime and tries to become a model prisoner. He works in the canteen and, although he is often the target of his cellmates' pranks, he refrains from getting into fights with the dangerous prisoners. Scenes filmed in cinéma vérité-style reveal power relations and create typologies in a world that has its own rules.
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