Love Letters from a Children’s Prison

Director: David Kinsella

2006| 50 mins Norway

Love Letters from a Children’s Prison brings us into a prison for teenagers in Russia. Many of the boys here will spend most of their lives in jail, convicted for hard crime – murders, rapes and robbery. The main reason why is poverty, alcoholism, and that the Russian state shows no sign of offering them a future. Thousands of young boys, living on the edge of society, are fighting to survive from one week to the next. The film relates the story of a girl in love with a boy who is convicted for murder. They are writing love letters. She is trying to make him a better human — to prepare him for a new life outside the walls. But his fellow prisoners are teenage murderers and rapists, and their influence on him is devastating. Belfast born David Kinsella has obtained unique access and he presents material that is refreshingly new and provocative.

The director will attend the screening.

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