“The judge, he said, ‘It seems more like we are worried about the rehabilitation of the juvenile instead of the severity of the crime.’ He said, ‘I don’t think he is able to be rehabilitated. He is unsalvageable.’”
This short film shares the story of a young man who is incarcerated at the Shelby County Division of Corrections. He was transferred to criminal court at the age of 15, and he has spent the past four years in adult detention facilities. His involvement with Incarcerated Youth Speaking Out for Change has allowed him to give presentations out in the community, under special supervision by SCDC officers, and with permission from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. This film screened at festivals in 2017-2018, and at the National Civil Rights Museum - once as part of the MLK50 commemoration, and once before Ava DuVernay's 13TH.
We have partnered with Campaign for Youth Justice to offer a discussion guide and free community screening licenses for our short films, ROBERT, VIOLA, and BARBARA. If you would like to show these films to a group in your community, please give us a heads up by completing our Request Form, and consider using the discussion questions for audience reflection afterwards. We will provide a legal release that grants you permission to host a community screening of one or more of the films, as long as the event is free and open to the public. If you would like to show any of the films as part of an educational curriculum, please indicate that on the Request Form, and we will be in touch. Thank you!