There will be a Talk Back after the screening with Victoria Mills, Director/Producer. Like Any Other Kid provides a rare glimpse into the inner-workings of one of the most promising developments in juvenile justice reform: the use of non-punitive, therapeutic programs to change behavior and help youth re-enter their communities. Following the intimate relationships between incarcerated youth and staff in three unique facilities across the country over the course of three years, the film shows how these programs work. Based on the Missouri approach, where love and structure, instead of punishment, are used, these programs guide and teach youth how to take responsibility for themselves. Through scenes of conflict, vulnerability, reflection, commitment, and joy, the youth transform before our eyes. Like Any Other Kid shows us the great potential of these youth if we let them be just that: like any other kid.
Victoria Mills, Director/Producer, is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and full-time, practicing psychoanalyst in New York City. Previous film directing credits include Mothers and Daughters: Mirrors That Bind and Hidden Battles, both of which travelled the international festival circuit and had successful impact initiatives with women and girls and veterans and peace organizations respectively. As an analyst with 30 years experience, Victoria has worked extensively with adolescents, people of different cultures, and those who have experienced trauma. She is a training analyst, teacher, lecturer, and member of the International Psychoanalytic Association and the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis. In conjunction with her films, she leads workshops with universities, national organizations, and grass-roots community groups.