The Condemned takes viewers into the hidden world of one of Russia’s most impenetrable and remote institutions: Penal Colony 56, a maximum security prison exclusively for murderers. Deep inside the land of the gulags, this is the end of the line for some of Russia’s most dangerous criminals – 260 men who have collectively killed nearly 800 people.
In brutally frank and uncensored interviews the inmates speak of their past crimes, their present regrets, redemption and remorselessness, freedom and families, insanity and hope. The film tracks them though their unending, unrelenting days over several months, lifting the veil on one of Russia’s most secretive subcultures to reveal what happens when a man is locked up in a tiny cell, for 23 hours, day after day, for life.
The film delves deep into the mind and soul of six main characters…..
The organized crime contract killer whose family believed he was in the oil business
The hard man who has spent more than forty years behind bars.
The murderer of 6 who, by his own admission, is too vicious to ever be let out again
The “downcast” – a killer whose hand even other murderers will not shake.
The inmate who, after 20 years in jail, now fears freedom.
The prison’s hard line governor, in charge of the mad and the bad who, after 26 years, has been at the penal colony longer than any inmate.
The Condemned is unlike any prison documentary seen before: a unique and startling insight into inscrutable minds and the dark and forbidding world they have been condemned to.