Scandinavian doc wins special prize at Sundance
The documentary Pervert Park has received a special jury award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Pervert Park, by Swedish-Danish couple Frida and Lasse Barkfors, follows the everyday lives of sex offenders in a Florida trailer park as they struggle to reintegrate into society and try to understand who they are and how to break the cycle of sex crimes being committed.
Some states in the US forbid sex offenders from settling within a certain radius – usually 300 metres – of places where children gather, like schools, parks, and playgrounds.
Over 100 sex offenders live in the Florida trailer park where the award-winning documentary was made. Several of them were also victims of abuse as children. At the trailer park, they are offered therapy and help to rebuild their lives.
Pervert Park was awarded a World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Impact at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, which takes place in Park City, Utah. It is one of the biggest festivals of independent film in the US and attracts around 50,000 visitors every year.