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El Hongo – a high-security bunker in Mexico´s desert. Sensors, cameras, mobile phone jammers – this prison is a veritable high-tech fortress. Snipers on fifteen guard towers make sure that nothing can get in or out. El Hongo is deemed perfectly incorruptible – in a country in which corruption runs through all levels of society like cancer. It is subject to immense violence and aggression among the inmates. Organized crime, cartel bosses, corrupt government members – the prisoners here would be able to endanger the entire country's safety. Anyone who makes trouble will be sent to the punishment block. With sentences up to seventy years, many of the inmates have nothing to lose. Inmate Gabriel has been behind bars for 15 years on charges of kidnapping. He comes from LA and is a member of a Hispanic gang, "Blythe Street." For 10 years, he has been kept in special custody away from other prisoners. He is far from being as isolated as he makes his jailers believe… Cell neighbor Gilbert hasn’t been outside of prison walls for more than 16 years. He snuffed out innumerable human lives for a Mexican cartel. In prison, he has to learn to come to terms with the loneliness and dull monotony of his daily life without any help from the outside. Carlos – the custodian of evil. For 10 years, the commander has been watching over El Hongo. One minute of straying attention may cost Carlos his life. The inmates can virtually smell the tension of their guards.
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