Screenshot from YouTube video featuring Eric Gourlan's photographs. Uploaded September 30, 2013, by "Freedom House KG".

Screenshot from YouTube video featuring Eric Gourlan's photographs. Uploaded September 30, 2013, by “Freedom House KG”.

Photographer Eric Gourlan spent over a month in prisons in Kyrgyzstan, documenting the life of both inmates and guards. Photographs he took there provide a rare “view from the inside” the country's prison system. Kloop.kg publishes some of the remarkable photos that are now displayed at a museum in Bishkek.

The documentary film below also features Gourlan's photographs, offering a unique glimpse into the life of children, women, and men behind bars in the Central Asian nation. The film is mostly in Russian, but has English subtitles.