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The Box2014

Teens in Solitary Confinement

  • 3.9
Every year, thousands of teens are placed in solitary confinement cells in juvenile halls, jails and prisons nationwide. This animated short tells the story of Ismael "Izzy" Nazario and the time he spent in solitary confinement in New York City's Rikers Island jail. This story is based on an investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting and was created using real audio from an interview with Nazario. It features music from Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) and is part of a larger investigation on juveniles in solitary confinement.

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Member Reviews (3)

Very sad that these kids are not given the mental health intervention they need. Treating prisoners like vermin will never help them get their priorities in order. A teenager who loses his mother to cancer needs to be able to work through his sadness and grief no matter the color of his skin. Very well done film.

Pretty intense. I really enjoyed the true audio with artistic representation of the situations described. Very artistically done.

Visually interesting, informative. Lacking any particularly serious insight, but theres something very real here.