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Imprisoned by Insanity

Criminally insane offenders rediscover their humanity through art therapy

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They are prisoners in a psychiatric ward, convicted criminals suffering from mental disorders. Can anything help their troubled souls and minds? Artist Aleksandr Semyonov tries to relieve their suffering with art therapy: “When I first started the art therapy course here, I was afraid of them. Their first results just shocked me. They were supposed to draw the person sitting opposite from them, but each one of them drew himself.”

A male criminally insane in a mask he painted / RTD documentary, Imprisoned by Insanity.
A male criminally insane wears a mask he painted and waves his arms at a medical-correctional facility in Russia. Still taken from RTD documentary, Imprisoned by Insanity.

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