Land of the Free

Camilla Magid, Denmark, 2017

91 min.DK/Documentary

This film portrays Brian, Juan and Gianni from South Central, Los Angeles. Obstacles are plenty when you are a child growing up between gang members, or a teenager with an addiction and a newborn, or a middle-aged man, just released into a new and changed world after 24 years in prison. Following their lives for more than two years, the film shows with precision the psychological impact of a prison system that focuses on punishment rather than prevention and rehabilitation. The three characters merge into one life story in this intimate portrait of people living in a society where help is scarce and you have to rely on your own resources to get by.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Fanget i de fries land
Danish title Fanget i de fries land
Keywords Criminals, Gangs, USA, Rehabilitation, Drug dealing, 2010-2019
Director Camilla Magid
Screenplay Camilla Magid, Stine Fischer Christensen
Producer Heidi Elise Christensen, Signe Byrge Sørensen
Director of Photography Consuelo Althouse
Editor Rasmus Stensgaard Madsen
Sound Peter Albrechtsen
Composer Manoj Ramdas
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut
International sales DR International Sales
Online release 06.06.2018, Filmcentralen
Comment Selected for IDFA's Best of Fests. The film was awarded the best Nordic doc prize at its CPH:DOX world premiere and has screened at the festivals in Karlovy Vary and Telluride. Camilla Magid graduated from the independent Super16 film school in Copenhagen in 2010. Her first long documentary, White Black Boy (2012), was nominated for a national Bodil Award and given the prize for best sound at CPH:DOX.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 11
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Production company
Executive Producer Final Cut for Real ApS
Co-production Tuffi Films
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Finnish Film Foundation, MEDIA (EU), AVEK
In collaboration with DR, UR, YLE, NRK, IKON, Yes - DBS, VGTV, I Wonder Srl, Against Gravity
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut


Direction Camilla Magid
Casting consultant Cornelius Edwards


Screenplay Camilla Magid
Screenplay Stine Fischer Christensen
Script consultant Rasmus Heisterberg


Producer Heidi Elise Christensen
Producer Signe Byrge Sørensen
Creative producer Stine Fischer Christensen
Co-producer Elli Toivoniemi
Associate producer Felipe Marino
Associate producer Joe Neurauter
Production assistant Ömer Sami
Production assistant Mauricio González-Aranda
Production assistant Kasper Juhl Kjems
Production assistant Emma Svendsen
Production assistant Emily Buck
Production assistant Nadine Zylberberg
Production assistant Celine Klint
Post-production manager Maria Kristensen


Cinematographer Consuelo Althouse
2nd cinematographer Polly Morgan
2nd cinematographer Dan Mark
2nd cinematographer Moira Morel
2nd cinematographer Antonio Cisneros
2nd cinematographer Camilla Magid
2nd cinematographer Stine Fischer Christensen
Drone operator Consuelo Althouse


Editor Rasmus Stensgaard Madsen
Co-editor Peter Winther
Editing supervisor Anders V. Christensen
Online Frederik Marbell


Composer Manoj Ramdas


Sound designer Peter Albrechtsen
Sound Editing Pietu Korhonen
Sound assistant Mikkel Nielsen
Foley artist Heikki Kossi
Foley mixer Salla Hämäläinen
Dialogue premix Jaques Pedersen

Visual effects

VFX Thomas Irving
Graphic design Emil Thorbjørnsson

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Awards and nominations

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Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Durham, Full Frame 2018-04-05
Göteborg International Film Festival 2018-01-26
Amsterdam, IDFA 2017-11-15
Telluride Film Festival 2017-09-01
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2017-06-30
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