March 8 2022

Award-winning Documentary UNGUARDED
available for all

The documentary, produced with AVSI-USA support, on the method of detention “without guards” established in Brazil in the 1970s is now available on PBS and more!


On February 18 2022, Unguarded was screened for the first time in front of a general American audience at New York Encounter.  The documentary was introduced through a discussion by Valdeci Antonio Ferreira, general director of the Brasilian Fraternity of Assistance to Convicts (FBAC) and Simonetta d’Italia Weiner, director of Unguarded. 

Now, screening of the award-winning documentary Unguarded, on APAC (Association for the Protection and Assistance of Convicts), the revolutionary prison system aimed at the full recovery of the person is available for all.

Unguarded takes us inside the walls of APAC, the revolutionary Brazilian prison system centered on the full recovery and rehabilitation of the person. Beginning in 1972, APAC founder Dr. Mario Ottoboni volunteered in some of Brazil’s worst prisons. Seeing men and women frequently return to a life of crime once they left prison, Dr Ottoboni decided to found his own restorative justice-based system. The results have been extraordinary. While the crime rate and recidivism rates have continued to increase Brazil’s public prisons, within the APAC system they have steadily decreased. Unguarded explores the unique method behind this system, now present in 13 countries across three continents. Observing the daily lives of the recuperandos (recovering inmates) who live and work there, we see firsthand why – as one inmate puts it- “no one escapes from love.”

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"The documentary was uplifiting to us all; everyone (incarcerated men, volunteers, and staff) took something away from it, especially hope...We must recognize that incarcerated people are human beings, the same as us, no different..." - Captain Jessica Davis, Warden, Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office



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