PRISON FOR PROFIT

 

What happens when governmental and intricate care tasks like detention and rehabilitation are left to market forces and powerful international uncontrolled corporations take over. A phenomenon often started through cost-cutting by governments.

In Prison for Profit, we follow investigative journalist Ruth Hopkins and the lives of former prisoners and prison warders from South Africa’s Mangaung private prison, which is run by the controversial private security firm G4S, a British multi-billion company active on a world-wide scale.

 

release date: november 2019


running time: 83 min


CREDITS

Producer & Director:
Ilse van Velzen, Femke van Velzen
Production company:
IFproductions
Scenario:
Ilse van Velzen & Femke van Velzen
A story by:
Ruth Hopkins, Ilse van Velzen & Femke van Velzen
Director of Photography:
Hans Bouma NSC, Rogier Timmermans
Sound:
Ilse van Velzen & Femke van Velzen
Research:
Ruth Hopkins
Editing:
Paul de heer
Music & Sound design:
Jeroen Goeijers


WITH SUPPORT OF

The Netherlands Film Fund, The Netherlands film Productions Incentive, COBO, IKON, Bertha Doc Society documentary journalism fund,  Democracy & Media Foundation, Nationale Postcode Loterij, Free Press Unlimited, NPO fonds


 

Leaked video footage filmed by prison guards shows the violent face of this notorious private prison from the inside. We expose how this very violent system of profit maximization at a company like G4S works, how this multinational operates this prison and what the far-reaching negative consequences are for society.