Trying Hard To Breathe
by Marco Speroni
Peter Pringle (Ireland), Marat Rakhmanov (Uzbekistan), Antoinette Chahine (Lebanon), Curtis Edward McCarty (USA). Four people from different corners of the planet who share a common fate – unjustly sentenced to death, they fought for years to prove their innocence, until they were finally cleared of charges. The film wants to focus on what happens at the most intimate level to someone who has survived death row.
What does it mean to be back in the world of the living, while feeling completely disengaged from a society that has moved on without them? After having been forcibly deprived of a significant part of their lives, these people are now struggling to embrace whatever is left of their existence. These are powerful and emblematic stories which share a common thread: a tough fight to reintegrate into an unknown and hostile world.