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I Thought I Was Seeing Convicts
( Ich glaubte Gefangene zu sehen (J'ai cru voir des prisonniers) )

Harun Farocki
2000 - 25 min - Couleur - Allemagne

"Images from the maximum security prison in Corcoran, California. The surveillance camera shows a pie shaped section of a concrete courtyard where the prisoners are allowed to spend about half an hour a day in shorts and usually shirtless. One prisoner attacks another where upon those who are not involved immediately lie flat on the ground, arms folded over their heads. They know what is going to happen: the guard will call out a warning and then fire rubber bullets.
If the prisoners do not stop fighting by then the guard will fire with real ammunition. The images are mute, the gunsmoke from the shot drifts through the frame. Camera and gun are right next to each other thus conflating the field of vision with the field of fire. The prisoners are almost naked (they constantly work out) and all they have left is their clan affiliation." (Harun Farocki)

Author-Director : Harun Farocki
Delegate Producer : Harun Farocki Filmproduktion
Broadcasting Co-producer : Generali Foundation


Distributor : Harun Farocki Filmproduktion