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At Night I Fly

At Night I Fly
Director: Michel Wenzer

Sweden, Documentary, 2011, 94 min, english with lithuanian subtitles, V
In “At Night I Fly” men at New Folsom, one of California‘s most maximum security prisons, let us see their world. This world is less about dangerous drama and more, as one of them describes, “about isolation. About closure of both the mind and the heart. And the spirit.” This intimate documentary shows prisoners, most serving a life sentence, who refuse such closure and instead work to uncover and express themselves. Their primary tool is making art and the film takes us to New Folsom's Arts in Corrections' room, to prison poetry readings, gospel choirs, blues guitar on the yard, and to many more scenes of creation. “At Night I Fly” shows the artistic and human journey these men take, as well as the need that fuels it, and the beauty and pain encountered along the way.
 
Awards:
 
2012 – Tempo Documentary Award at the Tempo Documentary Film Festival (Stockholm, Sweden).
2012 – Guldbagge Award for Best Documentary at the Swedish Film Awards (Sweden).
 
About the director:
 
Michel Wenzer, born in 1968 in Stockholm, Sweden, is a Swedish composer, cinematographer and director. He got interested in creativity of convicts since the beginning of his filmmaking career: his first short documentary “Three Poems by Spoon Jackson” (2003) features a prisoner reading his poems over a telephone from inside the prison. “At Night I Fly”, Wenzer‘s first full-length documentary, explores Arts in Corrections programme, one of the largest prison arts programmes in the world.
Section: All The Muses

Screenplay: Michel Wenzer

Dir. of Photography: Albin Biblom, Eric Börjesson

Music: Michel Wenzer