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“They Call Us Monsters” Screening and Q&A with Director Ben Lear

Thursday, September 22, 2016
7:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
AMC Century City 15
10250 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90067
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The Everychild Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, and SCG invite you to a special screening of a new film exploring the juvenile justice system and its impact on American youth.

Ben Lear’s intimate documentary They Call Us Monsters follows three young men – Jarad, Juan, and Antonio, who are residing in the Compound, a facility that houses Los Angeles’ most violent juveniles.

All three young men are between the ages of 14 and 16 and face adult sentences for their crimes, sometimes decades if not hundreds of years in prison. 

With unprecedented access to the facility, Lear allows audiences to understand these young men through a screenwriting workshop where they collectively fictionalize their lives.

The film asks difficult questions about America’s justice system, like what is society’s responsibility towards these children? Is it fair that the system treats young people like they’re disposable? Where is the line between adulthood and childhood? Do they deserve a second chance?

Ben Lear is the first director to ever film inside the Compound. As a result of They Call Us Monsters, Lear now sits on the advisory board of InsideOUT Writers, an organization that uses creative writing as a mechanism to reduce the juvenile recidivism rate, and is an ally member within the Anti-Recidivism Coalition. He teaches a weekly writing class within the Compound and mentors former juvenile inmates upon reentry.

SCG is proud to co-host this event with the Everychild Foundation and The California Wellness Foundation. The event is made possible by sponsorships from AMC, Vicki Baker, Nancy Belinsky, Jacqueline Caster, Nikkole Denson-Randolph, Tracy Esse, Kay Faguet, Sharon Gam, Doreen Gelfand, Kristie Hubbard, Kirsten Orban Meyer, and Sue Rosenblum.

No cost to attend

Who May Attend:
Open to guests of SCG, The California Wellness Foundation, and Everychild Foundation

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