Natural Life

2014 | 01:16:37 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Activism, Documentary, Incarceration, Politics, State, The, Youth/Childhood

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Natural Life is a feature-length experimental documentary challenging inequities in the U.S. juvenile justice system by depicting, through documentation and reenactment, the stories of five individuals who were sentenced to Life Without Parole (Natural Life) for crimes they committed as youth.

The youthful status and/or lesser culpability of these youths, their background and their potential for rehabilitation, were not taken into account at any point in the charging and sentencing process. The five will never be evaluated for change, difference or growth. They will remain in prison till they die.

The project portrays the ripple effect that the sentence has had not only on the incarcerated youth and their victims, but also on the community at large.

Note: This title is intended by the artist to be viewed in High Definition. While DVD format is available to enable accessibility, VDB recommends presentation on Blu-ray or HD digital file.

Prizes + Awards

NorthSide Film Festival, NY; Winner of Honorable Mention

Premiere

Athens Film Festival
Athens, OH

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