They Call Us Monsters
Runtime: 82 minutes
Juvenile Justice Issues Event
Please join us for a screening of the acclaimed documentary, They Call Us Monsters. This event aims to inform the Skagit Valley community about important issues related to our youth, and is hosted by Underground Writing, a literature-based creative writing program serving migrant, incarcerated, recovery, and other at-risk communities in Washington's Skagit Valley through literary engagement and personal restoration.
In California, violent juveniles between 14-17 years old can be tried 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. It's the story of their childhoods with the ending rewritten.
Directed By: Ben Lear
This event is free / $5 suggested donation