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Mip TV Picks 2008: It’s Always Late for Freedom

Most adults are conflicted about the idea of incarcerated children. While society has decided that their actions require that they be confined, the mitigating circumstances seem all that much more apparent when it comes to kids - poverty, abuse, addiction, divided families - it all plays a part in a reality that sees kids locked up when they should be out playing with friends.
April 2, 2008


Most adults are conflicted about the idea of incarcerated children. While society has decided that their actions require that they be confined, the mitigating circumstances seem all that much more apparent when it comes to kids – poverty, abuse, addiction, divided families – it all plays a part in a reality that sees kids locked up when they should be out playing with friends.

To Western sensibilities, the issue of children in prison is even more conflicted when the jail in question is in the Middle East. In It’s Always Late For Freedom, the filmmaker takes viewers into the House of Correction in Tehran to delve into the lives and cases of three teenaged boys. It is a unique insight into Iranian society and the conditions facing youth in that country.

It’s a relief that this film is made by a filmmaker in Tehran; it relieves the subject of the inevitable politics it would have been weighed down with had a Western filmmaker attempted it. This is an honest look at the lives of teens in trouble, and is definitely worth a watch. Partners: Oskouei Film Production (Tehran), distributed by Sheherazad Media International
Wrapped: 2007
Length: 53 minutes
Rights available: All worldwide, excluding Croatia, Greece and the US

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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