MT. BAKER – What does life hold for kids who grow up behind bars?
That’s just one of many questions discussed in”Minor Differences” – a thought-provoking new film by director Heather Dew Oaksen:
What do a thief, kidnapper, two murderers and a heroin addict have in common with your child, brother, father? Take away the labels and you’ll find these imprisoned teenagers are an awful lot like people you know. “Minor Differences” introduces five juvenile offenders in maximum security lock-up. We meet them again 18 years later.
Producer Caroline Cumming says Oaksen did not set out to establish long-term relationships with these jailed teens but that they won her heart and she won their trust.
“Their powerful first person stories illustrate their struggle to overcome childhood trauma and incarceration as we witness their transformation from boys to men,” she said.
The film follows five former juvenile offenders for nearly two decades providing an intimate view of their journeys to maturity. The leads of the film, Andres, Casey, Joe and Matt, now men in their 30′s, will be at the screening - planned for Thur., Oct 11, 7:30 pm, at the Northwest African American Museum (2300 S. Massachusetts St.) – to take your questions.
Tickets are $10 and available online or at the door.