• Short Summary

    Isla Madre, in the Islas Marias Archipelago seventy miles off the coast Mexico, seems like a tropical paradise.

  • Description

    1.
    AERIAL VIEW Isla Madre
    0.05

    2.
    LV & CU prisoners, their families and warders on the beach (5 shots)
    0.21

    3.
    LV deserted watch-tower
    0.24

    4.
    CU sign
    0.26

    5.
    SV INTERIOR warders relaxing on beds
    0.29

    6.
    SV prisoners relaxing in the sun
    0.30

    7.
    TRAVELLING SHOT through village on island
    0.43

    8.
    LV PULL BACK FROM garden TO prisoners villa
    0.53

    9.
    SV & CU INTERIOR bed, wireless and cosmetics (2 shots)
    0.59

    10.
    SV INTERIOR prisoner and wife relaxing on bed
    1.03

    11.
    SV guard on patrol
    1.07

    12.
    SV & CU priosner serving 14 years during smuggling sentence feeding chickens with wife
    1.17

    13.
    SV INTERIOR mother-in-law washing up
    1.22

    14.
    LV another prisoner's house
    1.25

    15.
    SCU INTERIOR young prisoner serving thirty years murder term relaxing in hammock
    1.39

    16.
    SV prisoners caring for horses
    1.44

    17.
    SV & CU prisoner serving 30 year murder sentence tending pigs
    1.52

    18.
    CU prisoners serving 15 years looks on
    1.55

    19.
    TRACKING SHOT FROM cola bottle TO prisoner reading in open fronted "villa"
    2.06

    20.
    LV EXTERIOR prisoners entering island shop
    2.10

    21.
    CU chop signs and shoes on display (2 shots)
    2.27

    22.
    SV PAN prisoner rides donkey past church
    2.27


    ISLAND: PRISONERS AND CAURDS RELAXING ON THE BEACH: DESERTED WATCHTOWER: VARIOUS VIEWS OF RELAXED LIFE ON ISLAND INCLUDING PRISONERS WITH THEIR FAMILIES, GUARDS IN HAMMOCKS, PRISONERS TENDING LIVESTOCK, PRISONERS' "VILLAS", PRISON SHOP AND GOODS ON SALE.




    Initials DS/1948



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Isla Madre, in the Islas Marias Archipelago seventy miles off the coast Mexico, seems like a tropical paradise.

    And it's hard to believe that the people living there are actually murderers, drug smugglers and robbers, serving sentences of up to thirty years in idyllic surroundings with their families for company, no bars at the windows, guards taking life easy in hammocks, and no-one on duty in the watchtower.

    It wasn't always like that.

    In 1905, Mexican dictator Porfirio Diaz turned the island into an escape-proof nightmare for dangerous criminals and political prisoners... similar to Devil's Island in French Ouiana, South America.

    But when Luis Echeverria became President, he immediately set out to improve the lot of prisoners, and in 1970 passed a law giving them better conditions. Isla Madre was first on the list.

    There are 1000 prisoners on the island, many of whom have their families with them.

    One hundred marines, 50 technicians and other Government employees, two priests and six schoolteachers make up the prison staff.

    Many of the prisoners are allowed to build their own houses, and all are paid a salary for work they do in various agricultural projects. A ceramics factory and a clothing factory are soon to be built on the island.

    The "prisoners" take life easily, spending considerable time relaxing in the sun, as do their guards.

    A small gun-boat makes regular patrols of the island, and is one of the few outward signs that Isla Madre is a prison.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8C4R805UTJBDRF2N594P16YAR
    Media URN:
    VLVA8C4R805UTJBDRF2N594P16YAR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/11/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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