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June 24–30, 2016

Chicago Premiere

Pervert Park

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Special Jury Prize
Grand Jury Prize
Film Fest
Best Documentary
Bergen Intl
Film Fest
"Challenging yet open-minded"
"To be sure, nothing in this film is easy to hear. But that doesn't mean that it shouldn't be said, and learned from"
  —New York Times
"A softly gleaming counternarrative to the conventional news cycle of panic and fear"
  —Village Voice
4 stars "One of the year's best docs... You may leave being repulsed and repelled by them. But you will walk out seeing them, for better or worse, as fellow human beings."
  —Rolling Stone
4 stars "With profound results, Pervert Park is eye-opening about the lives of convicted sex offenders, as inspired by a degree of empathy we need not be afraid of"

The sex offender label is a scarlet letter in the United States. Individuals given this designation are relegated to a life of public shame, their photos posted online for all to see, with few opportunities for redemption. Only a small number of facilities, such as the beaten-down trailer park at the center of Frida and Lasse Barkfors' unflinching new film, offer people the chance to confront their crimes and re-integrate, as much as the law will allow, into society.

Although the formal title of the place is Florida Justice Transitions, local neighbors have nicknamed it "Pervert Park." Within this outcast community, a handful of offenders tell searing personal stories that paint a troubling portrait of abuse and justice in America. Pervert Park seeks neither to forgive nor defend its subjects, some of whom have committed acts so atrocious they cannot even forgive themselves, but it does question the severity of laws designed to stifle rather than rehabilitate those yearning for a second chance.

Directed by Frida Barkfors and Lasse Barkfors, 2014, Sweden/Denmark, 75 mins.


  • Fri., June 24 at 7:30 & 9 pm
  • Sat., June 25 at 6, 7:30 & 9 pm
  • Sun., June 26 at 6 & 7:30 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., June 27–30 at 7:30 & 9 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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