Dual Status Youth Talk Life After Foster Care, Juvenile Detention in New Documentary, "Just One"
Dieter Cantu and Angel Jackson re-live the single police encounter that forever changed their lives. Now they're demanding change and helping other dual-status youths live productive lives.
"In my initial meeting it was made quite clear that whatever work I produced, it had to depict the youth from an empowered place," Alexander remembers. "There would be no victimizing or saviors to edify," she recalled. The documentary focuses on the challenges Deiter Cantu and Angel Jackson overcame and the changes they're working to enact.
The documentary opens with a dramatic court scene, written by Alexander, and has a jarring ending. It also includes a jaw-dropping interview with former Texas Juvenile Correctional Officer, Sharee Cammon. Harris County Dual Status Juvenile Probation Department Supervisor, Deidra Ewing assures viewers that the department is more "compassionate"
"I had no idea what a dual-status youth was before taking this project," said Alexander. "I was unaware that this population even existed and that organizations like Collective Action for Youth were helping these incredible young people navigate their journeys," she continued. "It was truly an honor to help them tell their story," she said.
The 31-minute documentary will be available for viewing at www.CA4Y.org and is a PrettyWork Creative production.
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Lisa N. Alexander