48 years: Silent Dictator

Synopsis

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.

Director
Sunairi Hiroshi
Production Country
Japan, United States
Subtitle
English
Duration
76 min
Year
2018
Rating
PG
Film at Festival
Festival Edition
2019
Program
Status
Official Selection
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