Bastoy is a small island in the Oslofjord in Norway. The island is a state prison. One hundred and fifteen common crim­i­nals serve their sentences, for traf­ficking drugs, manslaughter, for fraud. Most of them serve long sentences. Guards do not carry any weapons. Pris­oners have the key to their own room. In fact, the island is run by the inmates and personnel together. The docu­men­tary follows the life of the pris­oners. Some of them are active in the building industry, others in the woods, where they use axes and chain­saws to cut down trees. The film also follows a young detainee who is trans­ferred from a closed prison on the main­land to the island. The philos­ophy of the prison is based on the speech of Chief Seattle from 1854, and on the beliefs of Bear Heart as described in his book Heaven Is My Mother (1996): If you treat a man as a beast, it will be a beast. If you treat a man as a crim­inal, it will be a crim­inal. If you treat a man as a human being, it will be a human being.’

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Title: Bastoy
Year: 2010
Duration : 1 hour, 14 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2010

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