NR  |  1 hour 22 minutes • Archived

Angelika Film Center Washington, DC


In California, violent juveniles between 14-17 years old can be tried in court as adults. Typically, they are accused of heinous crimes—murders and attempted murders—that leave their victims’ families shattered. And yet, they are still kids, with a greater capacity to change and one day return to society. What is our responsibility to these kids? And to their victims? Do they deserve a second chance? These are the questions legislators are grappling with across the country as they attempt to reform our juvenile justice system. Meanwhile, behind the walls of the Compound, three violent juvenile offenders are writing a movie as they await their trials. THEY CALL US MONSTERS is the story of their childhoods with the ending rewritten.

Directed By

Ben Lear

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