Sunday, October 19, 6pm (doors)/6:30pm, NW Film Forum
Imagine if your next door neighbor was putting their child into a small room for five or six hours a day as a consequence for their behavior. Would you call the police?
Now apply the same situation to institutions where that happens every day, not just five or six hours, but days, weeks, months at a time. Why is the same value not applied to kids in the juvenile justice system? What has changed? Are they not still children?
These and other questions are explored in the probing documentary, Alone: Teens in Solitary Confinement. Through an investigation of the use of solitary confinement as punishment for teens held at New York City’s notorious Rikers Island Jail, and an inside look at a very different facility in California, Alone takes viewers into a haunting world that thousands of American kids and teens experience every day. (Daffodil Altan, 21 min, USA)