RAMIN MAZUR

PROCESS

Process

Moldova has one of the highest amount of inmates per capita in Europe, including the rate of the longterm convicted. To shed a light on the penitentiary issues, art centre Coliseum made a Hamlet play in Moldova most secured prison. For several months inmates were studying the acting craft to perform together with professional actors. All the inmates are the lifers and some of them stayed more than half of their life in prison. Through this play directors aimed to draw attention to conditions of lifers and most important people’s stereotypes to penitentiary system and people going through it.

Dumitru, lifer of the Penitentiaty N17, looks through the window. Rezina, Republic of Moldova
Dumitru, after being incarcerated for several years, touched the flowered and felled it as if it would talked with him​
One of the final scene from the Hamlet/Process play during the premiere. Rezina, Republic of Moldova
MIhai, one of the lifers smokes at the sport hall before the rehearsal. Rezina, Republic of Moldova.
Guard of the Penitentiary nr17 sitting by the entrance. Rezina, Republic of Moldova.
Doina, young actress from the Art Centre Coliseum, in  Ophelia costume at the backstage during the main rehearsal. Rezina, Republic of Moldova
Rehearsal of the Hamlet/Process play at the playground of the Penitentiary N17. Rezina, republic of Moldova
Walking cells of the Penitentiary N17 that were used as dressing rooms for the play. Rezina, Republic of Moldova
Sergiu, lifer from Penitentiary Nr17, performs Hamlet during the premiere. Rezina, Republic of Moldova
Yorick scull on the floor of the sport hall of the Penitentiry N17. Rezina, republic of Moldova.
Inmates of 17th Penitentiary working out before rehearsal. Rezina, Republic of Moldova.
Rehearsal of Hamlet/Process play. Mihai, lifer from Penitentiary Nr17, plays role of Claudius. Rezina, Republic of Moldova
Rehearsal of Hamlet/Process play at the sport hall fpr inmates. Rezina, Republic of Moldova.
Doriana Zubcu, actress of national theatre checks the microphone before the main rehearsal of Hamlet/Process play at Penetentiary nr17. Rezina, Rpublic of Moldova.
Ghenadii and Oleg, help Doina to arrange hair during the main rehearsal. Rezina, Republic of Moldova
Director of the play Luminita Ticu together with inmates before the main rehearsal of Hamlet/Process play in Penetentiary nr17. Rezina, Republic of Moldova
Maxim and Dumitru, lifers from Penitentiary Nr17, watching the stage being prepared for the premiere. Rezina, Republic of Moldova
Lifers before the general rehearsal of the play at playground of the Penitentiaty N17. Rezina, Republic of Moldova.
Doina, young actress from Art Centre Colliseum, tries on the mask at the backstage. Rezina, Republic of Moldova
Backstage during the play. Penetentiary nr17, Rezina, Republic of Moldova.
Guard of the Penitentiary N17 watch the Hamlet/Process during premiere from his post. Rezina, Republic of Moldova
Part of the stage for the Hamlet/Process play. Rezina, Republic of  Moldova
Inmate actor drag the power cable from the cel after the rehearsal. Rezina, Republic of Moldova
Rehearsal of the Hamlet/Process play at the playground of the Penitentiary N17. Rezina, republic of Moldova
Doina, young actress from the Art Centre Coliseum, watching the Penitentiary playground being prepared for the stage. Rezina, Republic of Moldova
Igor, lifer of the Penitentiary Nr 17, prepares his costume inside one of the walking cells.
Ghenadii, actor of the National Theatre, at the backstage during the main rehearsal. Rezina, republic of Moldova
Mihai, plays role of Claudius. Mihai never smoked shisha in his life (20 years out of 40 he stayed in prison) so he decided that Claudius should smoke it. Penitentiary nr17, Rezina, Republic of Moldova
Profesional actors together with inmates at backstage of Hamlet/Process play in Penetentiary nr17. Rezina, republic of Moldova
Final scene of the Hamlet/Process play. Rezina, Republic of Moldova
Audience during the main premiere. For the first time in Moldova diffrent kind of people, including actors, directors, diplomats and human right activists were gathered in most secured prison. Rezina, Republic of Moldova.
Mihai, lifer from the Penitentiary N17, adter the play. Rezina, Republic of Moldova
Mihai cries after the play, he says that for him it was very  hard to play bad role cause for 20 years in prison he tried to clean himselve out of negativity. Rezina, Republic of Moldova
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