'They Call Us Monsters' Doc Trailer Spotlights Juveniles Behind Bars (Exclusive Video)

The doc has been acquired by Matson Films and The Orchard.

The documentary They Call Us Monsters explores the juvenile justice system and the young men who become entangled in it.

Directed by Ben Lear, the son of Norman Lear, the doc has been acquired by Maston Films and The Orchard for release, and will open in theaters in January 2017.

Here, The Hollywood Reporter exclusively debuts a new trailer for the film, which received critical acclaim on the festival circuit. THR's review stated: "Among the many topical documentaries to make the festival circuit recently, one of the most powerful and eye-opening is They Call Us Monsters, which raises profound questions about the juvenile justice system in this country."

The movie, produced by BMP Films, follows violent juveniles between 14 and 17 years old who have been tried as adults. It raises questions about society's responsibility to these kids, and to their victims. The film also takes viewers behind the walls of L.A. County's main juvenile detention center, the Sylmar Juvenile Prison, where three violent offenders are writing a movie as they await their trials.

The film will open in theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco in January, and will be in 50 markets theatrically ahead of a VOD release on February 21, 2017, via The Orchard.