United States 1967, 84 min, English, Hebrew subtitles
The walls of a Massachusetts state prison for the criminally insane conceal a blood-curdling drama. As the inmates put on a musical talent show, the camera exposes the humiliation, harsh conditions and callous indifference of the doctors and guards. Director Frederick Wiseman captures heart-stopping human moments and shows the true faces of the inmates, who remain unseen and unheard by everyone else.
The film, Wiseman’s first, was banned shortly after its release in 1967, and the Massachusetts authorities demanded that all copies of it be destroyed. A decade later, after a long legal struggle, the ban was lifted. Titicut Follies won numerous international awards and, more recently, inspired choreographer James Sewell to create a ballet by the same name. The film screened is a restored copy of the original.
Previous Festivals:New York Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Vienale, Cinema Du Reel, International Documentary Film Festival “Flahertiana”
Editing: Alyne Model, Frederick Wiseman
Cinematography: John Marshall