Albert Maysles Award
Tribeca Film Fest
"A thorough and thought-provoking examination of its theme. But the theme is not quite as straightforward as the viewer initially assumes"
"Exceptional and important"
When a powerful Florida lobbyist discovered that a nanny sexually abused his daughter, he wielded all of his considered political capital to pass some of the strictest sex offender laws in the country. Today, 800,000 people are listed in the sex offender registry, yet the cycles of abuse continue.
Attorney-turned-filmmaker David Feige delves fearlessly into this complex and taboo issue, sewing together interviews with victims of childhood sexual trauma and leaders of community organizations striving to eradicate abuse as well as the men and women branded sex offenders and the advocates and academics who argue that the stringent laws are doing more harm than good. The result is a big-picture survey of an interconnected public health crisis where the victims and perpetrators are inextricably linked by the larger failings of the system.
Moving from the halls of power to the cardboard homes of a marginalized pariah people, this enlightening documentary defies expectations and challenge assumptions to argue for a new understanding of how we think about and legislate sexual abuse. (Tribeca Film Festival)Directed by David Feige, U.S.A., 2016, 106 mins.
This screening is a co-sponsorship with the UIC Symposium: The Registry 20 Years Later: Discussing Unintended Consequences.
Facets Film Dialogue
There will be a panel discussion with Rebecca Richman Cohen, producer, Laurie Jo Reynolds, Illinois Policy Advocate, and Will Mingus, Executive Director, Illinois Voices for Reform after the screening.
- Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7 pm
$10 general admission
Please note: Facets membership privileges for discounted admission are not eligible for this special presentation.
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