Screened as part of NZIFF 2015

Pervert Park 2014

Directed by Frida Barkfors, Lasse Barkfors

In this challenging yet open-minded doco by a young Swedish-Danish couple, Florida sex offenders preparing to re-enter society talk about their guilt and the barriers to rehabilitation. Special Jury Award winner at Sundance.

Denmark / Sweden / USA In English
77 minutes DCP
content that may disturb, sexual themes

Directors, Screenplay

Producers

Frida Barkfors
,
Anne Köhncke

Photography

Lasse Barkfors

Editors

Signe Rebekka Kaufmann
,
Lasse Barkfors

Music

Julian Winding

With

William Fuery
,
Tracy Hutchinson
,
James Broderick
,
Don Sweeney
,
Patrick Naughton
,
James Turner
,
William Heffernan
,
Nancy Morais

Festivals

CPH:DOX 2014; Sundance
,
Hot Docs 2015

Elsewhere

The idea that an adult found guilty of sexually assaulting a child is capable of rehabilitation is hard for many people to accept. The mother of one offender saw the challenges faced by her son, and established a haven in a Florida trailer park. There, those emerging from a prison system famously rough on their kind might live cheaply and help one another re-enter the world. To date, we are told, not one of them has reoffended. Swedish-Danish filmmaking couple Frida and Lasse Barkfors’ documentary gives voice to a handful of the residents. The disparity in offence among those who’ve been deemed akin by the justice system is startling. A student entrapped by an internet invitation to underage sex from an undercover cop takes his therapy alongside a guilt-wracked woman who has repeatedly abused her own child. Her tormented admission of the harm she has inflicted – and has had inflicted upon her – is surely worth attending to. It’s a searing rejoinder to an entrenched mindset that’s strong on condemnation, but rarely harkens to copious evidence that the abused often become abusers – and might benefit from some attention before they offend.