Powerful and eye-opening.

— Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter

They Call Us Monsters

Film • Jan 29

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This program is co-presented by Justice 360.

Director: Ben Lear

This bold and thought-provoking documentary takes viewers behind the walls of the Los Angeles facility that houses juvenile offenders who are being tried as adults.  The film tells the story of three young men, who collaborate on a screenplay as they await their trials.  Offering an in-depth portrait of its subjects — They Call Us Monsters considers the nature of childhood, social responsibility,  and what it means for society to brand someone a monster.  

A post-film conversation moderated by Lindsey S. Vann, Executive Director of Justice 360, accompanies the program.

The mission of Justice 360 is to promote fairness, reliability, and transparency in the criminal justice system for individuals facing the death penalty and juveniles facing lengthy sentences in South Carolina.  

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USA. 82 min. NR