Situated high up in the Bolivian capital of La Paz, the San Pedro Prison is a bustling city within a city. It has its own church, soccer field, dental practice, shops, workshops, and carnival parades. Around 2,500 people are packed into San Pedro, but by no means are all of them prisoners: the spirited Mechita and her son keep their husband and father company - and they are not the only ones.
Citadel captures, through a technique of apparent explosive disorder, the disturbing and mysterious world of the men's prison in La Paz, Bolivia. The film attempts to expose life inside the detention facility which does not adhere to the traditional icons of prison as some inmates’ wives and children live alongside the prisoners.
Despite physical marginalization and the punitive prejudice that hovers over the inmates and their families, this unique co-existence alongside the tenement architecture constructs an unexpected community.
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2011
Key festivals and awards
Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival 2012
Festival Internacional Unasur Cine 2013
Director: Diego Mondaca
Producers: Manosudaca Videofilmes (Bolivia), Pucara Films (Bolivia), Blinker Filmproduktion (Germany)
German WCF partner: Blinker Filmproduktion
World sales: Pucara Films (Bolivia)
Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2009
Funding amount: 30,000 €