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The Prison Where I Live review

Rex Bloomstein investigates the plight of a Burmese stand-up sentenced to jail

“Comedy is more than just laughs,” says outspoken Burmese stand-up Zarganar, “it can open minds and hearts.”

It can also close them, as he discovered when the government jailed him for 35 years.

Using German comedian Michael Mittermeier as his mouthpiece, filmmaker Rex Bloomstein tries to document this outrage, but everyone’s too terrified to talk.

It’s a desperately unjust situation with, alas, slightly desperate results.

Despite some admirable journalistic derring-do and haunting archive footage, we’re left with Mittermeier repeatedly eulogising a man he’ll never meet.

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