A man, healing identified by his real name, is telling the camera how he kidnapped and raped a girl in a fit of rage. He has no reason to hide his face, because anyone can download an application that finds his picture and name with his home address and criminal record.
There are half a million sexual criminals in the United States. Because of public record keeping and other restrictions, it is difficult for them to find a place to live after being released from prison. Florida Justice Transitions is a neighborhood allocated for these people. There the inhabitants can receive therapy and get support from each other.
The Swedish documentary focuses on the life stories of five of the inhabitants living in the neighborhood. It also features a story from a young man who fell to an internet trap set up by the police, as well as interviews with the therapist working with the inhabitants. The histories of the offenders are grim and often reveal a cycle of abuse and violence that has been going on for generations.
Despite its topic, the documentary is not heavy to watch. The underlying themes evoke reflection on the values of human life, repentance, and rehabilitation. Only one percent of the inhabitants of the neighborhood repeat their crime. This subtle documentary has been shown at many film festivals, including Sundance and Hot Docs film festival in Toronto, Canada.
Marjo Pipinen / Translation: Sanna Parikka
- Director: Frida Barkfors, Lasse Barkfors
- Country: Denmark, Sweden
- Year: 2014
- Length: 77 min
- Age limit: S
- Format: DCP
- Cinematography: Lasse Barkfors
- Editing: Signe Rebekka Kaufmann, Lasse Barkfors
- Audio: Frank Mølgaard Knudsen
- Music: Julian Winding
- Production: Frida Barkfors / De Andra, Anne Köhncke / Final Cut for Real
- Cinema Artis hall 2: Saturday 30.01 - 18:30