438 Days

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438 Days

438 Days

Release Date: August 30, 2019

Year    :   2019
Slogan    :   «»
Genres    :   Drama, Thriller, History
Production Companies    :   Film i Väst, SVT, Miso Film Sverige
Director    :   Jesper Ganslandt
Producers    :   Jonas Allen, Peter Bose, Brigid Olen, Marlow De Mardt, Sara Törnkvist, Bonnie Lee Bouman, Tobias Åström, Mito Skellern, Anna Walton, Karl Fredrik Ulfung, Sandra Harms, Lathiem Groenmeyer
Writers    :   Peter Birro, Johan Persson, Martin Schibbye
RunTime    :   124 mins.

On the eve of June 28th, 2011 Swedish journalists Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson put everything at stake by illegally crossing the border from Somalia into Ethiopia. After months of research, planning and failed attempts, they were finally on their way to report on how the ruthless hunt for oil effected the population of the isolated and conflict-ridden Ogaden region. Five days later they lay wounded in the desert sand, shot and captured by the Ethiopian army. But when their initial reportage died, another story began. A story about lawlessness, propaganda and global politics. After a Kafkaesque trial they were sentenced to eleven years in prison for terrorism. And they were far from alone. Their cellmates were journalists, writers and politicians persecuted for not bowing down to dictatorship. Their reportage about oil was transformed into a story about ink, and their daily lives turned into a fight for survival inside the notorious Kality prison in Addis Ababa.

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