by Diego Mondaca

Germany/Bolivia 2011, color, HD, 48

Citadel captures, through a technique of apparent explosive disorder, the disturbing and mysterious place of the male prison in La Paz, Bolivia.

The film attempts to expose life inside the detention facility which does not adhere to the traditional icons of prison as some inmates’ wives and children live alongside the prisoners.

Despite physical marginalization and the punitive prejudice that hovers over the inmates and their families, this unique coexistence alongside the tenement architecture constructs an unexpected community.

The documentary film by Diego Mondaca is co-produced with Puccara Films, La Paz and supported by Jan Vrijman Fund, Amsterdam, World Cinema Fund, Berlin and the Forum de Produccion Documental Doc Buenos Aires. Development was funded by IDFAcademy.


Production – Paola Gosalvez, Meike Martens

Manosdaca Video Filmes, Blinker Filmproduktion and Pucara Films

Edit – Aldo Alvarez Morales

Director of Photography – Andrés Boero Madrid

Sound Design – Ruben Valdés

Assistant Director – Marie Alicia Gonzalez

Production manager – Regina Calvo, Maite Tarilonte

Music Supervisor – Canela Palacios

Choir- Grupo Voz Abierta

Colour Correction – Carlos Amaral Baptista

Lab  – Afinal Filmes

Translation – Jean Friedman-Rudovsky