Jörg Stippl / Bolivia / 45 min. / 2009 / OmeU

La Paz, Bolivia. “Los Delegados” is not a classic prison documentary. It shows how the lack of state interference allows prisoners to take care of their own destiny; how they organize their community with democratic means, rather than violence. The documentary looks at this unique prison life. It focuses on the "delegados", the prisoners’ representatives. The "delegados" get elected following fair, secret elections organized by the fellow prisoners. The documentary does not want to provide answers. It aims to raise fundamental questions: Is democracy possible inside prison? How should society deal with the children of detainees? Should children live with their families? What is it that society aims to achieve by detaining people?

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Dirk Van Zyl Smit (University of Nottingham), Santiago Canton (Former Secretary of Interamerican Human Rights Commission, Directors RFK Partners for Human Rights), Jörg Stippl (Director Los Delegados, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights) and Klaus Priechenfried (NEUSTART). The talk will be moderated by Manfred Nowak (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights; University of Vienna).

The event will be held in English.

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