They Call Us Monsters, an intimate and moving documentary about juvenile offenders, suggests that the principle of rehabilitation in prison is one all too easily forgotten amidst the bluster and rhetoric of punishment and protection. Ben Lear’s film tracks the incarceration of Jarad, Darrell and Juan, all minors but all facing trial as adults, their fates caught in the midst of a debate over whether children should be tried as adults for violent crimes.

For the rest of my review, and more picks from The Human Rights Watch Festival, head over to CineVue.

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