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Published on Nov 27, 2012
Edit Silke Gräf Camera Eva Katharina Bühler Sound Miguel Toro
What kind of person can kill another? What drives a person to murder? Since 1954 Greenland's most dangerous criminal and psychiatric patients have served their sentences in Denmark, thousands of kilometers away from their families, for undefined periods of time. OPEN is an art documentary by Ivalo Frank. It is based upon moving, honest, and critical interviews with five mentally ill patients who live their lives in a closed, locked ward in Denmark home to approximately 18 mentally ill Greenlandic people who have been sentenced to psychiatric care in a court of law. Many of the inmates have committed acts of grievous bodily harm resulting in death, and most battle addictions and personality disorders. "They are intelligent, sweet, ordinary people like you and me. Almost. Things have just gone wrong for them. All wrong. I wished to meet them as people rather than as the monsters of violent criminals" (Ivalo Frank, 2012) As the film develops, the viewer is invited into the most intimate aspects of the five convicts lives thereby getting a rare insight into their personal stories of endless grief, sadness and shame. Furthermore, OPEN touches upon the wider political aspects of the Greenlanders serving sentences. The displacement of Greenland's most dangerous criminals has been declared a violation of their human right to maintain close family ties, a right they are entitled to under Article Eight of the European Convention on Human Rights.