Friday, July 8, 2016

Sundance Award Documentary 'Pervert Park' on Pinellas Sex Offenders comes to PBS Monday July 11th

As of today the documentary Pervert Park (This unflinching documentary examines the often-difficult lives of convicted sex offenders, who must cope with vilification and severe restrictions on their public movements long after their sentences have been served) has an unknown release date on Netflix, so if you want you can catch it next Monday way  before it’s available on DVD. 

Mary Devoy

Documentary 'Pervert Park' on Pinellas sex offenders comes to PBS, July 8, 2016
By Steve Persall

Pervert Park casts an unblinking eye on these residents, describing their crimes upon children, or else falling for online stings. A few suggest they could do it again. 

The documentary, debuting Monday on PBS, asks viewers to empathize with them, adjusting to pariah life after prison.

"The goal was just to give these people a voice," filmmaker Frida Barkfors said by telephone from Denmark, where she and collaborating husband Lasse live. 

"Then whatever you hear as an audience, what you choose to take with you, or whatever emotion you feel is completely up to you." 

The filmmakers' daring approach to the topic earned Pervert Park a Special Jury Award for Impact at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. 

"Normally (the topic is) presented in a black and white perspective, very one-dimensional," she said. "We wanted to make it more complex, because that's what reality is."