World Premiere March 2018 at International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, Geneva / Competition Creative Docs

«Just because you’re behind bars doesn’t mean that you can’t have dreams and goals and accomplish them. »
Kenneth Reams

Told through the charismatic voice of inmate Kenneth Reams, FREE MEN is a film about human resilience.

Sentenced to death, 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.


TV5Monde, Anne-Frédérique Widmann, Isabelle Watson-Reams, March 2018


FIFDH, Debate around the film and phonecall with Kenneth Reams, March 2018
Le, Free Men Winner of the Champ-Dollon prison award, FIFDH 2018
Arkansas Times (Blog), 14 March 2018


RTS, Emission Médialogues du 03.03.2018

2018 March - Film festival and international forum on human rights (FIFDH), Geneva (World Premiere)
2018 October - DocsMX Festival Internacional de Cine Documental de la Ciudad de México - Competition "Retratos"
2018 Oct.-Nov. - Austin Film Festival - Documentary Feature Competition


Documentary 90' / 2018 / Switzerland
Shooting format : HD
Screening formant : DCP, Prores
Sound: 5.1
O.V. : English/French
Subtitles available : French/English/German

Original Title : FREE MEN

With: Kenneth Reams,Ndume Olatushani,Isabelle Watson Reams,George Kendall
Director: Anne-Frédérique Widmann
Production: Intermezzo Films, Luc Peter / RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse Unité des Films Documentaires, Irène Challand et Gaspard Lamunière / Globe Cartoon, Patrick Chappatte
Production assistants: Catherine Müller, Elodie Bieri, Katia Monla Guisolan, Karla Kolder
Director of Photography: Karim Amin
Sound: Nicolas Binggeli / Carlos Ibanez Diaz
Editing: Ana Acosta
Music composition: Costanza Francavilla
Music Publishing: ZerOKilled Music
Musicians: Costanza Francavilla: synthétiseurs, programmation, électroniques, basses, hang, piano / Stefano Cabrera: violoncelle / Kathleen Supové: piano / Davide Swarup: handpan (on end credits)
Piano recording: Threshold Recording Studios NYC
Editing assistants: Gabriel Gonzales , Juliana Fanjul
Sound editing: Carlos Ibañez Diaz, Techniques cinéma Genève
Mix: Martin Stricker, Le Bruit Qui Court
Additional mix: Fabrizio Bacherini, Costanza Francavilla
Pro Tools Assistant & musical transcription: Claudio Pezzotta
Music Mastering: Rafael Anton Irisarri , Black Knoll Studio NYC
Post-production: Freestudios
Post-production Superviser: Giorgio D'Imperio
Conformation & mastering: Jean-Charles Weber
Colorgrading: Boris Rabusseau
Infographism: Berenice Rogazy
Website: Jeff Gaudinet, Raphaël Arbuz
Translations: Nina Kaelin

With the participation of Cinéforom
And the support of La Loterie Romande

With the supports of:

Fondation Tutator
Fonds culturel SUISSIMAGE
Pour-cent culturel Migros : Postproduction
Succès passage antenne SRG SSR
Amnesty International

© 2018 Intermezzo Films SA - RTS - Globe Cartoon

Intermezzo Films

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Swiss Distribution:
Aardvark Film Emporium - Mark Pasquesi

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