A film composed of images from prisons. Quotes from fiction films and documentaries as well as footage from surveillance cameras. A look at the new control technologies, at personal identification devices, electronic ankle bracelets, electronic tracking devices.

The cinema has always been attracted to prisons. Today's prisons are full of video surveillance cameras. These images are unedited and monotonous; as neither time nor space is compressed, they are particularly well-suited to conveying the state of inactivity into which prisoners are placed as a punitive measure. The surveillance cameras show the norm and reckon with deviations from it. Clips from films by Genet and Bresson. Here the prison appears as a site of sexual infraction, a site where human beings must create themselves as people and as workers. (Harun Farocki)

International title
Prison Images
Filmmaker
Harun Farocki
Country
Germany
Year
2001
Medium
File
Length
61’
Language
German
Producer
Harun Farocki, Inge Classen
Production Company
Harun Farocki Filmproduktion
Sales
n.b.k. Video-Forum
Writer
Harun Farocki
Cinematography
C. Lee Crane, Ingo Kratisch
Editor
Max Reimann
Sound Design
Louis van Rooky