Presented By:David Feige
There are few instances of human depravity more horrifying than the sexual abuse of children; it offends everything we are taught about our responsibilities as adults, and its victims are the most innocent among us. The passion to protect our children is deep and powerful. It might also warp our actions.
This remarkable film, winner of the Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award at Tribeca 2016, focuses on a specific case of child sexual abuse in Florida, and a father who is determined to use his skills as a political operative to do something about it. Lawyer-turned-filmmaker David Feige uses this case as a way to explore evolving sexual-offender laws, and the men and women who are convicted of violating them.
The reality of their world is harsh and startling. One mother, convicted of sleeping with her 15-year-old boyfriend when they were both teenagers, has a hard time holding a job and can’t take her children
to a public playground. Most importantly, the cascading sexual offender laws are based on the false premise that recidivism rates are high, and they often make it harder for convicted offenders to be tracked and to get treatment. Working with Brooklyn’s Meerkat Media Collective, Feige has researched and crafted an important film that illustrates just how limited and blunt an instrument the law is. In doing so, he shows us the important difference between getting revenge and protecting our children. (Jed Dietz)
David Feige is the former Trial Chief of The Bronx Defenders, the co-creator of the TNT series Raising the Bar, and the author of Indefensible: One Lawyer’s Journey Into the Inferno of American Justice. He has written about law for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and Slate. A nationally known lecturer on criminal law and trial tactics, David served as a Professor of Law and Director of Advocacy Programs for Seton Hall Law School. This is his first documentary feature.