Controversy Over Film Crew at Prison Continues

Controversy Over Film Crew at Prison Continues

In an ongoing controversy, three Icelandic bankers jailed at Kvíabryggja prison in West Iceland have filed a complaint in reaction to filmmaker Michael Moore spending a day at the prison capturing footage for his newest movie, “Where to Invade Next.” The latest development in the case, which awaits a formal decision on February 1, is that a member of Moore’s film crew, Ísold Uggadóttir, has denied that they were at the prison to film the bankers.

The complaint was lodged against the director of the prison, Páll Winkel. The bankers, Magnús­ar Guðmunds­son­,  Ólafur Ólafsson and Sig­urður Ein­ars­son, all of whom are serving sentences for market manipulation in the build up prior to the 2008 financial crash, claimed that the presence of the film crew was an invasion of their privacy and a refutation of their rights as prisoners.

The case will ultimately be determined by government Ombudsman Tryggvi Gunnarsson, who is looking into whether or not Michael Moore received permission to operate within the prison walls and also to assess the parameters and regulations regarding prisoners’ rights.

But according to Ísold, Moore’s group was only at the prison to document the location itself, rather than to capture the prisoners individually. She additionally commented that an employee of the prison accompanied the crew at all times. It remains to be seen whether the complaint will be validated by the Ombudsman.