They Call Us Monsters

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They Call Us Monsters


Sunday Jan 29 01:00 PM
Sunday Jan 29 07:00 PM
Tuesday Jan 31 01:00 PM
Tuesday Jan 31 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


About the Film:

NOTE: The January brochure previously listed the start time of the second Jan 29 screening as 7:30pm. The screening that evening will now start at 7pm.

Directed by Ben Lear. USA. 2016. 84 min.

In California, violent juveniles between the ages of 14 and 17 can be tried as adults. Typically, they have committed heinous crimes—murders and attempted murders—leaving their victims’ families shattered. And yet, they are still kids, with a greater capacity to change and one day return to society. What is our responsibility to these kids? And to their victims? Do they deserve a second chance? In this documentary, director Ben Lear follows three teenage juvenile offenders as they take a screenwriting workshop in a Los Angeles County prison and attempt to express themselves through their scripts, while they wait to find out their fates. Their situation is one legislators across the country are grappling with as they attempt to reform our juvenile justice system. Interesting fact: Ben Lear is the son of legendary TV producer Norman Lear (All in the Family, The Jeffersons)

Read the Hollywood Reporter review

Special thanks to community partners Community Alliance on Prisons and Community Justice Coalition

Sunday, Jan 29 at 7pm: Join us for a post-screening discussion with Kat Brady, Coordinator of Community Alliance on Prisons, Dr. Matt Claybaugh, President of the Marimed Foundation, and Judge R. Mark Browning.

Kat Brady is a community justice advocate with a lifelong dedication to bringing the community’s voice into public policy. As Coordinator of Community Alliance on Prisons and Assistant Director of Life of the Land, she works to increase civic literacy and public participation, and advocates for just policy changes that are humane and compassionate and preserve human dignity. Kat serves on several community boards and is the only Prisoner Advocate in Hawai‘i serving on three UH Institutional Review Boards.

R. Mark Browning has served as a judge for over fifteen years. In 2010, he was appointed as a Circuit Court Judge. In 2011, he was appointed as the Senior Judge/Deputy Chief Judge of the Family Court of the First Circuit. He was appointed as a District Judge to the Family Court of the First Circuit in 1997. While in Family Court, Judge Browning has stayed active in the community by serving on numerous boards such as Friends of Foster Kids and Hawaii Foster Youth Coalition. He also created Project Visitation to help facilitate foster youth familial relationships, and he was the presiding judge of the Juvenile Drug Court for eight years. Judge Browning developed the Volunteer Settlement Master Program to help expedite and facilitate the divorce process. Judge Browning has received numerous awards throughout his legal career including the Niu Award for Distinguished Contribution by an Individual from Volunteer Legal Services, Starfish Award from Hawaii State Foster Parents Association, Improved Justice Award from the Mediation Center of the Pacific, Angels in Adoption Award from the United States Congress, Daniel K. Inouye Award from the Hawaii Psychological Association Board of Directors, Outstanding Judicial Achievement Award from Hawaii Women Lawyers, and most recently the Judiciary Jurist of the Year Award. 

Dr. Matt Claybaugh is president and CEO of Marimed Foundation located in Kāne‘ohe Hawai‘i. Marimed’s mission is “to provide ocean and land-based learning experiences that empower youth and families and strengthen communities.” Along with its other programs, Marimed’s Kailana Program provides residential treatment for adolescents with behavioral and substance abuse disorders. Dr. Claybaugh has worked with Hawai‘i’s high risk youth populations for almost 30 years, beginning as a high school teacher at Honoka‘a High, later as an on-line counselor and manager at Marimed, and for the past 15 years as its Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Claybaugh has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and history from Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin; a Master’s and Doctorate in American Studies from the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa, and is a licensed captain. His dissertation, “The Sea Change in American Sea Narratives: An Experiential Perspective,” explored the transformational nature of ocean voyaging. During his time with Marimed well over 2000 Hawai‘i youth have received treatment in an ocean setting—none of them were perceived as monsters.

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