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Freedom of Thought - Fair Punishment for the Criminally Insane
Year: 2013
Run-Time: 1 x 45 min.

Directed by Florian Berger
Written by Florian Berger

Produced by KUBE Film for ORF/3sat
Available worldwide

Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (VOICE-OVER)
Format: 16:9

Freedom of Thought - Fair Punishment for the Criminally Insane

Freiheit in Gedanken - Gerechte Strafe für geistig abnorme Rechtsbrecher

The criminally insane are incarcerated as dangerous felons and offenders, who, due to an absence of criminal responsibility, cannot be judged. But did they really not know what they were doing? Are they rebels without a cause? Can there be fair punishment for the criminally insane? How does anyone live with the prospect of having no prospect of freedom?
Statements from inmates, such as "for me freedom means that I can write my letters, that now and again I can receive a package, but actually, that my thoughts remain free," shape this unique film, which portrays everyday life in prison from the point of view of insane lawbreakers for the first time.


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