This is one of the most difficult topics facing attorneys on both sides of the aisle. It's an issue that we wrestle with in preparing defenses and considering plea offers. David Feige offers an unflinching look at how the SORA has affected the people that are on it, but balances it with a view from the side of those who are victims. All too often in documentaries we see the director providing only his or her view. David does an excellent job of balancing both while making it clear that while necessary for some, reform is not a dirty word. It's an amazing and searing criticism of a system that has been misused and mishandled while still treating all of it's subjects with respect and dignity. It's an absolute must see for anyone who ever considers working in the criminal justice field from probation to prosecution and everyone in between. A stunning display and one of the most difficult things I have ever watched.
Untouchable exposes us to the lives of people, who we should have every reason to loath, specifically those who have been convicted of sexually molesting children. The very act of being introduced to these individuals no doubt makes us uncomfortable. And our discomfort grows as we learn more about them and come to appreciate that these are human beings, some of whose crimes may be less egregious then we at first would have imagined. The world that Untouchable seeks to illuminate is populated by victims, perpetrators, professionals and those who have been drawn into their orbits. It is a world that under the director's nuanced scrutiny, takes on colorations that are not always starkly defined, that exhibit gradations of color and significance. Likewise, It is to the director's credit that the characters in this film all exhibit a compelling integrity, which does not preclude us from rendering judgment about their deeds, but does invite us to see a more complex picture. Translating such a picture into public policy becomes the challenge that this film implicitly issues to its viewers.