Free Men

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    Free Men

    Directed by

    Switzerland

    2017

    89 min

    • French
    • English

    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.

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    Credits

    Cinematography
    Karim Amin
    Editing
    Ana Acosta
    Music
    Costanza Francavilla
    Production
    INTERMEZZO FILMS
    Anne-Frédérique Widmann

    Anne-Frédérique Widmann

    Switzerland

    Anne-Frédérique Widmann is an investigative reporter, producer and documentary filmmaker for Swiss TV Broadcasting. In New York, she was the foreign correspondent for the Swiss daily Le Nouveau Quotidien and the newsmagazine L’Hebdo (1995-1998). She joined Swiss TV in 2003, where she became the co-producer, editor in chief and anchor of the current affairs documentary program Temps Present (a national equivalent of 60 Minutes). In 2010, she set up the investigative team for the Swiss TV and Radio Broadcasting Corp (RTS), which she led until 2014. Her last documentary, AN EYE FOR AN EYE: THE VENGEANCE OF THE GADDAFI CLAN (2014), was nominated for the Europa Prize and was a finalist for the Italia Prize. In 2010, she was awarded the Nicolas Bouvier Prize for best documentary for her work in Colombia.