United Kingdom 2015, 95 min, English, Hebrew subtitles

He’s certainly charismatic. He flirts with the camera and bewilders his listeners. Now, after twenty years on death row, Nick Yarris does something completely unexpected. He asks the courts to withdraw his last appeal, so that he can be executed a.s.a.p.
In a riveting on-camera conversation, he opens up about life in a sunless world, where there are no clear rules, a world where even words are on lockdown. He talks about abusive guards who pit prisoners against each other like gladiators in the arena, but also about moments of happiness, after learning to read and write and discovering poetry and literature.
After a dramatic escape attempt and years of fighting to prove his innocence, Yarris tries to explain why he decided to give up. Most of all, why he decided to give up now, when there’s a faint glimmer of light at the end of his tunnel.

Previous Festivals: CPH:DOX, London BFI Festival


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Director: David Sington
Production: David Sington, Christopher Riley
Production Company: Dox Productions
Editing: Robert Sternberg, David Fairhead
Cinematography: Clive North
Soundtrack: Vince Watts
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David Sington has been making award-winning films for cinema and television for twenty years and has filmed on every continent on the planet. He has won numerous awards, including a coveted Grierson Award, an EarthWatch Award, as well as Best Documentary and Audience awards at Sundance Film Festival.