JUVENILE examines the difficult but necessary steps that all communities must take when they choose to disrupt the cradle to prison pipeline. Driven by the personal stories of five youth who were justice-involved as teens, the film traces their pathways into the system, their journeys of trauma and healing, and their lessons for how to break and remake the juvenile system.

In the film, youth narratives intertwine with a system narrative. Guided by experts with lived experience, viewers learn the story up close and in person, and from the broader systems perspective.



JUVENILE is a feature-length documentary film currently in production. Sign up here for updates via our quarterly e-newsletter. If you are interested in supporting this project, please visit our fiscal sponsor, Southern Documentary Fund.


Many thanks to these project partners for supporting the film during its research and development phase, to all the individual donors and followers who’ve supported our Seed & Spark campaign, and to Jeanne & Frank Jemison, Rebecca Webb Wilson, and Pyramid Peak Foundation for production support.