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Captive Hearts

Marriage and Parenting, Law and the Penal System, Women , Latin America, Social Justice
Joana Nin
77 minutes



Love, sex, marriage... prison. Captive Hearts follows seven women on the outside who fall in love, get married, have conjugal visits, become pregnant, and remain devoted to their incarcerated men. The couples maintain their relationships, facing many of the same problems we all do, except they must do it while separated by bars. Through intimate interviews, letters, and unprecedented access, this moving documentary sheds light on these unusual and often challenging relationships.


Joana Nin debuted her first documentary feature film, Captive Hearts in Rio de Janeiro Int'l Film Festival in 2013, where she received an honorable mention from the jury. In the same year she released the short film In the Light of Day. Joana Nin’s first short film, The Visit (2005 – 35mm), was seen in 12 countries and won 21 awards, including best Brazilian short film in the 2006 It's All True International Documentary Film Festival. It also screened in several international film festivals, such as the LAFF – Latin America Film Festival (Netherlands) and Tampere (Finland). Over the past two years, the filmmaker has been dedicated solely to own projects, including participating in international markets like Docs for Sale IDFA in Amsterdam and the Ventana Sur, Argentina. At this time the director is launching Captive Hearts while developing two new projects for documentary feature films: Birth Forbidden in Paradise and Get me out of this horror!

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