Pervert park

Directors:  FRIDA & LASSE BARKFORS

Florida Justice Transitions is home to 120 convicted sex offenders. Like in many other U.S. states, sex offenders are not allowed to live within 1000 feet of places frequented by children. Because of this, many sex offenders live under bridges or in woods - or in the trailer park Florida Justice Transitions - also known as "Pervert Park".
 
The crimes committed by the residents range from simple misdemeanors to horrendous acts unbearable to contemplate. The characters in Pervert Park are all fighting their own very different battles and demons. In this film they tell us their stories as they have never told them before. We meet Bill, Jamie, Tracy and Patrick, all residents in the park. And we meet Don, the therapist who started out working with the victims of sex offenders, but because many of the victims asked him to treat their abusers - often a parent or a family member - he did.
 
Florida Justice Transitions is a private institution, founded by a mother of a convicted sex offender who couldn't find a place to live after his release. The name is meant to signal a hope for justice and the belief that people can change. But can we talk about justice when we're dealing with the sexual abuse of children and minors? Or have the offenders forfeited this right forever by doing what they did?
 
Pervert Park is a film about the people no one wants as a neighbor. It follows the every day life of the sex offenders in the park as they struggle to reintegrate into society, and gives us a chance to understand who they are and how the destructive cycle of sexual abuse and the silence can be broken.

 



PRODUCTION FACTS

Directed by: Frida & Lasse Barkfors

Produced by De Andra & Final Cut for Real
Producers: Frida Barkfors, Anne Köhncke
Cinematographer: Lasse Barkfors
Editors: Signe Rebekka Kaufmann, Lasse Barkfors
Sound Designer: Frank Mølgaard Knudsen
Composer: Julian Winding
Color grading & Postproduction: Ricco Højland Hansen

2014
75' + 56' min

Supported by: 
Swedish Film Institute
Film Workshop DFI

In collaboration with:
Film i Skåne
SVT
DR
NRK
VG TV

Release November 2014

AWARDS

Special Jury Award for Impact - Sundance Film festival
Golden Strands for Courage in Filmmaking - Tallgrass Film Festival
Best International Documentary - Bergen International Film Festival

NOMINATIONS:
Best Debut Feature - Cinema Eye Honors

FESTIVALS

CPH:DOX
Sundance Film Festival
Göteborg FF
Luxembourg City FF
Tempo Dokumentärfestival
Eurodok, Oslo
Wisconsin Film Festival
Florida Film Festival
Sarasota Film Festival
Minneapolis-St. Paul FF
Hot Docs
HRAFF, Melbourne
Rooftop, NY
SF DocFest
BAMcinemaFest, NY
Rizoma FF Madrid
New Zealand FF
Lemesos Int. Doc. Festival (Cyprus)
Dokufest Kosovo
Way Out West
Sydney Underground Film Festival
Nordisk Panorama
Bergen FF
Reykjavik International FF
Antenna Film Festival (Sydney)
Guth Gafa Film Festival
Tallgrass Film Festival
DOX Leipzig
European Film Forum SCANORAMA
Foyle Film Festival, Derry
Porny Days, Zürich
Cinema Eye Honors
In Light Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Indiana
Docudays, Kiev
Philosophy Film Festival, Krakow
Ambulante, Mexico

CONTACT

Sales Agent:
DR Sales
Kim Christiansen
kimc(at)dr.dk 

Festival contact
Sara Rüster/SFI
sara.ruster(at)sfi.se

Other matters
Anne Köhncke
anne(at)final-cut.dk