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Sentence vie

Directed by Marie Cadieux
Canada, 2003 (documentary, 70 minutes, colour, French)
Also known as "Sentenced to Life"
Sentence vie
Photo © National Film Board of Canada
Video (National Film Board of Canada)
Video (National Film Board of Canada) [French]

Film Description:
"Will Diane Charron ever be free? She began a life sentence behind bars in 1981 when she was entangled in a friend's act of revenge and ended up stabbing a stranger to death. She had just turned 19. We follow the story of Diane's life, from her own testimony and that of corrections officers, prison case-workers and psychiatrists. Many show remarkable sympathy and affection for a troubled woman whose early life was marked by abuse. Diane was placed in foster care with an abusive alcoholic when she was only 18 months old, a misery that ended only at age 13. Diane has been shuttled back and forth between various prisons and psychiatric hospitals—a personal hell, yet she is hopeful about the future. Sentenced to Life asks serious questions about prisoners with mental health problems.."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Marie Cadieux
Produced by: Jacques Turgeon, Jacques Ménard, Murielle Rioux-Poirier
Narrator: Marie Cadieux
Participants: Diane Charron, Geneviève Ruest, Claudine Savoie, Dolorès Pichette, René Forgues, Louise Charrette, Jeannine Petit, Patzi Davidson, Lori McDonald, Kim Pate, Gilles Chamberland, Michel Darveau, Liliane Aflalo, Ginette Lafontaine, Linda Tassé, Marie-Claude Pouliot, Marie-Sylvie Turgeon, Diane Nadeau, Diane Beaudoin, Marilou Dufour, Marie-Andrée Cyrenne, Alexandre Nicole, Denis Garceau, Daniel Simard, Marc-André Surprenant, Georges Jaradeh, Amélie Cornellier, Yves Goulet, Maude Borris
Cinematography: François Vincelette
Film Editing: Louise Dugal
Music: Gaëtan Leboeuf
Production Company: Office national du film du Canada / National Film Board of Canada
Additional Credits: Voix [Voice] : Virginie Dulude Trudel

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