ROBERT

Directed by Sarah Fleming and Joann Self Selvidge

“The judge, he said, ‘It seems more like we are worried about the rehabilitation of the juvenile instead of the severity of the crime.’ He said, ‘I don’t think he is able to be rehabilitated. He is unsalvageable.’”

This short film shares the story of a young man who is incarcerated at the Shelby County Division of Corrections. He was transferred to criminal court at the age of 15, and he has spent the past four years in adult detention centers as a youthful offender. His involvement with the Incarcerated Youth Leadership Program has allowed him to give presentations out in the community, under special supervision by SCDC officers, and with permission from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

This film premiered at a community screening at the National Civil Rights Museum in December 2016, where it opened for Ava DuVernay's 13TH. Once its film festival run is complete, ROBERT will be posted for public viewing on this website.