48 years: Silent Dictator

Iwao Hakamada, a former professional boxer, was sentenced to death in 1968 for mass murder and held on death row for 48 years, the longest stint in history. In interviewing Mr. Hakamada, now 79 years old and still suffering from prison psychosis, this record attempts to capture the immeasurable solitude of nearly half a century. Walking alongside Hakamada through his labyrinth of delusions, amidst fading memories and the powerful will to victory, it glimpses into Hakamada’s complicated psychology, a web of opaque logic warped by his life’s predicament.

Sunairi Hiroshi
76 min.
Production Year
Jepang, USA


FFD 2019



Screening Schedule

  • 2 December 2019
  • Societet Militair TBY
  • 1:00 pm

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