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A Jail in Colombia2004

  • 3.5
A look inside La Modelo prison in Bogota, Colombia. Called a "model" prison by Colombian officials, the prison in reality is controlled more by the prisoners than the guards (with 5,000 prisoners for 2,400 spots, and not more than 150 security guards assigned to La Modelo). The prison is awash in violence and drugs. Last year, 162 prisoners were killed there. The prison is controlled by three criminal groups: members of the guerrilla movement, paramilitary forces and cocaine traffickers. They have broken the prison up into three different territories and each group has it's own security forces, defending it's own territory.

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This documentary is crazy. I wont say more, just watch it.

Only negative comment is the narrator is very annoying.

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This documentary is crazy. I wont say more, just watch it.

Only negative comment is the narrator is very annoying.

1 member likes this review

A great window into this world. However, the narration was very sloppy. The worst pronunciation of Spanish words and names I have ever heard. Five minutes with a Berlitz phrase book would have made this more bearable. One annoying example is the narrator repeatedly saying 'gorilla' instead of 'guerrilla' even though the word has been imported into common English usage and has nothing to do with the animal. It hampers an otherwise interesting doc.

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This looks like an interesting film, but unfortunately the narrator's voice is often overhwelmed by the background, or by the person they are translating. It makes it very hard to understand what the narrator is saying. How can one make a film and ignore such an obvious shortcoming. Surely there are sound people who should catch such errors.

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A shocking look at one particiular jail in Columbia, one could never imagine such a scenario, where the inmates actually run and control a prison, but that is exactly what this film depicts, anmd shows. How much corruption could be tolerated is hard to believe, however, this film is a documentary that will leave the viewer shocked, and one will never forget this is a true story , in this day and age, definately a worthwhile film to see.

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Interesting insight on how Colombian prisons are run by the inmates.

well done and informative

This documentary is inquisitive and humane, not violent or exploitative. I was captivated the whole way through. I love watching films about prisons in Latin America, because they always tell you something interesting about the organization of the state as a whole. Highly recommended for documentary film junkies and people who are curious about the world as a whole.

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