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MIPCOM Picks 2014: Locked Up In America – Solitary Nation

It’s not a doc for the faint of heart, but as a window into the world of solitary confinement – from the vantage points of both inmates and the officers overseeing the unit – it’s completely engrossing.
October 1, 2014


Partners: A ‘Frontline’ production with Mongoose Pictures in association with the BBC; distributed by PBS International
Length:1 x 53 minutes
Aired: April 2014 (PBS)
Rights available: Worldwide
The New York Times, in advance of this ‘Frontline’ documentary’s U.S. premiere, called Solitary Nation “about as hopeless an hour of television as you can imagine, which is exactly the reason to watch it.” For the first installment of a two-part report on the prison system in America, producer/director Dan Edge gained rare access to the solitary confinement unit at the maximum security Maine State Prison, where a new warden is trying to reduce the number of inmates in segregation.
As the NYT suggests, it’s not a doc for the faint of heart, but as a window into the world of solitary confinement – from the vantage points of both inmates and the officers overseeing the unit – it’s completely engrossing.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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