This 20-minute mediation on the conditions of female prisoners in Brazil provides a devastatingly candid insight into their reality. It’s no surprise the director, Allisson Sbrana, is a journalist as well as film maker.  The film has all the marks of social realism as it tackles the weighty topic: the subdued colour, bleak tone and location provide a sense of claustrophobia, in which this stark human drama unfolds. As if poverty is a crime, having your new born child snatched from you is a drastic punishment. This film is as heavy going as it’s worthwhile. It offers a profoundly humane portrayal of women harshly melded by an inhumane system.

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