Locked Down
Director: Liat Mer
Country: Israel
Year of production: 2013
Duration: 56 min
Subject:
  • Right to liberty
  • Human rights
  • Minority rights
  • Places of captivity
  • Human dignity
  • Freedom from torture
  • Discrimination
Audience:
  • Institutions of the state penitentiary system of Ukraine
  • Employees of penitentiary system
  • Pupils
  • Students
  • Teachers

A rare look at the interactions between inmates and wardens over a period of two years, the Neve Tirza prison for women in central Israel is the setting for a story seen through the eyes of three women: one Jewish, one Muslim and one Christian. Ethnic diversity is explored within the confines of tiny prison cells. These women are locked down and shut out from society – and from themselves. Strong and yet vulnerable, the relationship between the prisoners and the staff, and between the women themselves, is a mixture of collective distrust and mutual respect.

A rare look at the interactions between inmates and wardens over a period of two years, the Neve Tirza prison for women in central Israel is the setting for a story seen through the eyes of three women: one Jewish, one Muslim and one Christian. Ethnic diversity is explored within the confines of tiny prison cells. These women are locked down and shut out from society – and from themselves. Strong and yet vulnerable, the relationship between the prisoners and the staff, and between the women themselves, is a mixture of collective distrust and mutual respect.
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Liat Mer

Liat Mer is a documentary filmmaker and script writer. She studied Fine Arts at Tel-Aviv University, and graduated with an MFA. In 2003 she became a director at Channel 8 in Israel. For two and a half years, Liat Mer filmed a group of Hassidic boys for the movie Kinderlach (2007).  She was the creator and director of the documentary film Neve Tirza – the only women’s prison in Israel, supported by Channel 8 Noga communications, the Makor foundation and the Mifal Hapais foundation.

Liat Mer is a documentary filmmaker and script writer. She studied Fine Arts at Tel-Aviv University, and graduated with an MFA. In 2003 she became a director at Channel 8 in Israel. For two and a half years, Liat Mer filmed a group of Hassidic boys for the movie Kinderlach (2007).  She was the creator and director of the documentary film Neve Tirza – the only women’s prison in Israel, supported by Channel 8 Noga communications, the Makor foundation and the Mifal Hapais foundation.
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