Solitary tells the stories of several inmates sent to Virginia’s Red Onion State Prison, one of over 40 supermax prisons in the U.S., which holds inmates in 8-by-10-foot solitary confinement cells, 23 hours a day. Profoundly intimate, this immersive film weaves through corridors and cells, capturing the chilling sounds and haunting atmosphere of the prison. With unprecedented access, award-winning filmmaker Kristi Jacobson investigates an invisible part of the American justice system and tells the stories of people caught in the complex penal system—both inmates and correction officers—raising provocative questions about punishment in America today.

Q&A with Kristi Jacobson and Jamie Fellner, Senior Advisor, US program, HRW