By Anne-Frédérique Widmann,
90 minutes, Documentary, in English and French with Arabic and
English subtitles, Switzerland, 2018
Told through the charismatic
voice of inmate Kenneth Reams, FREE MEN is a film about human
resilience. A story that takes all its relevance during this period
of lockdown. We have been confined for days now, but Kenneth has
been alone in a cell, the size of a parking space, for 27 years!
Kenneth has pushed back the
walls of his cell to become a painter, a poet, the founder of a
non-profit organisation and an art event organizer – while fighting
at the same time for justice. At age 18, Kenneth was convicted for
capital murder without firing a bullet. He became the youngest
inmate in Arkansas.
Alongside art, the film
shows how love can cross barbed wire and the length of an ocean in
Kenneth’s love for Isabelle, a French artist he wants to marry.
FREE MEN celebrated its
World Premiere at Film Festival and International Forum on Human
Rights (FIFDH) in Geneva in 2018, where it received the Jury Award.
Selected in many film festivals around the globe, it won the Special
Award for documentary at the Algiers International Film Festival
The RFC has screened the
film last February in Amman, in cooperation with the Swiss Embassy,
and the audience got the chance to communicate with Kenneth (by
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