In Security is an engaging and thought provoking documentary about how barbed wire, a simple 19th century invention used to claim land for agricultural purposes, has evolved into a silent sentinel that acts as a means of control over people and spaces around the world. Since its inception, barbed wire, a.k.a. the “Devil’s Rope,” has become a ubiquitous feature of our daily lives, yet we never give it a second thought. Used as a security barrier, it surrounds pastures in the countryside, parking lots, homes and other buildings. While its general purpose is to establish a boundary, barbed wire is also used as a frontline obstacle by the military forces of the world, as a boundary marker between countries, and as an impenetrable wall around prisons and other institutions where absolute control over the movement of human beings is required. Barbed wire is used everywhere for security purposes, but it also speaks loudly about the insecurity of our times. Produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker, Ron Harpelle in association with Kelly Saxberg, the film reveals how barbed wire introduced concepts of boundaries and private property where none existed before, and how strands of wire have been used ever since to restrict the free movement of people everywhere.
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