The Priest's Prison (Apaiz Kartzela)

Nominated for

Best Foreign Doc

Directed by

Ritxi Lizartza, Oier Aranzabal & David Pallarés

85' • Spain • 2021

Between 1968 and 1976, fifty priests, the majority Basque, were imprisoned for showing their rejection of the repression of the dictator Francisco Franco. These priests, sentenced to twelve years in prison for denouncing the oppression of the dictatorship through sermons and confinement, will hardly forget the images of the mutiny broadcast by the international media in 1973. The prison in Zamora (Spain) was burned by the imprisoned priests. This is the story of the only prison for priests in the whole world, created under the concordat between the Franco dictatorship and the Vatican.