San Vittore

Every time children visit their parents at San Vittore, Milan’s oldest prison, they’re subjected to thorough security checks – backpacks searched, toys checked, pat downs, metal detectors, endless waks down bare corridors. While they wait, the children make drawings. These drawings depict prison bars and bloodied dolls; in some, the prison is transformed into a castle and the prisoners into kings and queens. The power of this visually striking short documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Yuri Ancarini (THE CHALLENGE) lies in the simplicity of the approach, with many close-ups, distinctive framing and sound design. Words are unnecessary—the sound of a slamming door speaks volumes as does the subtle aggression and intrusion of a security check.