A Film By Anne-Frédérique Widmann
Composer: Costanza Francavilla
Director of photography: Karim Amin
Editor: Ana Acosta
Sound: Nicolas Binggeli
Producer: Intermezzo Films
Trailer: Fabrizio Mambro
Art and love have freed Kenneth from his mental chains. Sentenced to death, he was able to survive decades of imprisonment in complete isolation. He found a purpose in life, when all signs of hope seemed lost.
Told through the charismatic voice of inmate Kenneth Reams, FREE MEN is a film about human resilience.
In solitary confinement for the last 25 years, Kenneth has pushed back the walls of his cell to become a painter, a poet, the founder of a non-profit, and an art event organizer – while fighting at the same time for justice. At age 18, Kenneth Reams was convicted for capital murder without firing a bullet. He became the youngest inmate on Arkansas death row.
Alongside art, the film shows how love can cross barbed wire and the length of an ocean in Kenneth’s love for Isabelle, a French artist who wants to become his wife.
While Arkansas rushes to execute ten inmates in ten days – an absolute American record - the film captures Kenneth’s struggle, with unprecedented access to his daily battle, and raises universal questions - How can we fight injustice? How can we continue to move forward and find a sense of purpose in life?
FREE MEN is a film for all those who have thought, one day, of giving up.