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Inside the Tallahassee Unified Family Court, cases of abuse, abandonment or negligence are presided over with the express objective, under the law, to reunite families as quickly and safely as possible. Filtered through a courtroom professionalism and presented with an observational distance, a sequence of staggeringly emotional hearings and trials hints at the complexities of these family histories, calling into question a justice system with the power to decide who is suitable to be a parent and who is not, but that is incapable of addressing underlying societal structures and often multi-generational pain. Moving into pure nonfiction, filmmaker Antonio Méndez Esparza (LIFE AND NOTHING MORE) offers another profoundly sensitive portrait of family at the mercy of the system.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    115 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    Spain
  • Premiere
    North America
  • Director
    Antonio Méndez Esparza
  • Screenwriter
    Antonio Mendez Esparza
  • Producer
    Pedro Hernández Santos, Rebeca Villar Rodríguez, Ana Castañosa Bielsa
  • Executive Producer
    Andrea Moya Acaso
  • Cinematographer
    Barbu Balasoiu, Santiago Oviedo
  • Editor
    Santiago Oviedo
  • Production Design
    Yalan Hu, María Beltrán