Free Men

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Free Men

Directed by Anne-Frédérique Widmann

  • Switzerland 2017; 89 min
  • Original version: English, French
  • Genre: Documentary


Told through the charismatic voice of the inmate Kenneth Reams, FREE MEN is a film about human resilience and our capacity to fight injustice and break free from our chains through art and love. At age 18, without having fired a bullet, Kenneth Reams became the youngest inmate on Arkansas death row. In solitary confinement for the last 25 years, he has pushed back the walls of his cell to become a painter, a poet, the founder of a non-profit, and an art events organizer – while fighting at the same time for justice. This film shows us how love can cross barbed wire and the lenghts of an ocean, the love Kenneth feels for Isabelle, a French artist who wants to become his wife. While Arkansas rushes to execute 10 inmates in ten days – an absolute American record - the film captures the most important moments of his struggle, with unprecedented access to the main character, and raises universal questions - How can we fight injustice? How can we continue to move forward and find a sense of purpose in life when all hope seems lost? FREE MEN is a film for all those who have thought, one day, of giving up.



    Luc Peter