Juvenile Judge| 1hr : 28mins
Director: Maria Mok and Meral Uslu | Producer: Maria Mok and Meral Uslu
Focus Years: 2010 | Country: Netherlands
Yunes is a young criminal. He has to come before the juvenile judge for robbing a tourist. He is one of the fourteen children who appears in the documentary Juvenile Judge, as a suspect and also because heâ€™s been placed in a custodial facility and canâ€™t go home.
In 90 minutes, sad, cheerful, angry, big and small cases are presented in the film.
Two sisters who canâ€™t live with their mother anymore and who would rather stay in a foster family; a young pyromaniac; a seasoned burglar; a drug-addicted mother who wants her baby back; a shoplifter; an aggressive girl who hits out; and a girl who has been disowned by her mother. They all appear in this film that shows how juvenile judges decide on their fate. Childrenâ€™s hearings are always behind closed doors. For the first time, this film shows publicly how juvenile judges go about their work. It gives a unique view into a world that has been closed to the public until now.
In the documentary, one of the juvenile judges, Fred Salomon, announces that he is quitting. He no longer works as a juvenile judge. He couldnâ€™t handle it anymore that, for example, he had to lock up children for months at a time because there was no spot available in a facility where they should have been treated voluntarily. He says: â€œItâ€™s about children who are damaged and who may become irreparably damaged when nothing happens. Those are the facts. Some can stand them better than others. I canâ€™t really stand it anymore. Next case.â€
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