Films and videoclips

  • Path to Justice - the PASI has produced this short film which explaining their model, how it can help improve access to justice and reduce the pressure on the criminal justice system. 
  • Freedom Inside the Walls - shot in Benin, Kenya and Malawi this film provides disturbing footage of prison conditions inside these countries, which are common to many other prisons in Africa. It highlights the challenges in accessing justice faced by poor people in conflict with the law.
  • Seeds of Freedom - food ration is the main cost after staff salaries in most prisons in Africa. Since 1998, the Malawi Prison Service has been developing prison farms in partnership with PRI, improving prison conditions and self sufficiency. Seeds of Freedom demonstrates the benefits that can be achieved through well-managed prison farms, illustrating how they contribute dramatically to the rehabilitation and self esteem of prisoners.
  • An interview with Promita Sengupta on reducing overcrowding in Bangladeshi prisons. Massive overcrowding in Bangladeshi prisons, housing three times more prisoners than they were built for, poses a severe threat to prisoners’ health. The root cause of this situation lies in the country’s legal system, where there is insufficient access to legal advice and assistance and slow work on inmates’ files. A project supported by the GIZ and incorporating all relevant authorities on the matter was called to life. With the help of multi-stakeholder dialogue, the situation could be analyzed accordingly and a road map was drafted to reduce the problem of overcrowding. Well-structured formal and informal meetings brought more clarity into the process of cooperation.
  • Thirteen years after Sierra Leone's long civil war came to an end, its broken institutions and weak development indicators continue to impact on the lives of its people. Aside from the usual grim data, one statistic stands out: the number of female prisoners has doubled over the past three years. This is a trend we now see in many countries around the world. This film follows two paralegals, Marvelle and Victoria, as they navigate their way through the criminal justice system, helping us answer the question: why is the number of women in prison increasing?
  • In an engaging and personal talk -- with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks -- human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America's unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.