A Prayer before Dawn is the true story of one man’s fight to survive inside Klong
Prem prison, the notorious Bangkok Hilton. Billy Moore traveled to
Thailand to escape a life of drug addiction and alcoholism. He managed to
overcome his inner demons for a time, but relapsed after trying ya ba, a
highly addictive form of methamphetamine. Moore’s life quickly descended
into chaos, drug dealing, and violence until he was eventually arrested and
imprisoned in Klong Prem, a place where life has no value. A Prayer before Dawn is no ordinary prison memoir;
it’s the story of one man’s struggle to survive in one of the world’s toughest
prisons. It’s also a story of redemption in the most unlikely of places.
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“[A] Cannes hidden Gem: Joe Cole survives a Thai prison in A Prayer before Dawn. French director Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire traveled to Thailand to tell the real-life story of a British convict turned Muay Thai champion who hones his skills behind bars…Based on Moore’s book about his time in one of Thailand’s most brutal prisons, Klong Prem, aka the notorious ‘Bangkok Hilton.’”