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An intimate, hands on encounter with a maximum security juvenile correctional facility in Chino California.

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Blunt and powerful
9 April 2004 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Before he became an onscreen documentary provocateur, Nick Broomfield got his start with this made for PBS look at life in the California Youth Authority. It was quite a coup for Broomfield to get access to the Authority, and this remains an extremely powerful, disturbing, and moving document. Focusing on a handful of incarcerated youngsters, including kids in jail for glue sniffing and B.B. gun use, the film is a raw depiction of a dehumanizing penal system that crushes the hopes and dreams of at risk teenagers. Trio has sadly chosen to bleep out the 'f' words from their print, rendering some of the film's conversations almost inaudible, and they've also fogged out the male genitalia, but the film's brutal strength shines through. Perhaps one day it'll turn up on DVD.


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