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FRONTLINE; Trouble with Evan, The

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Trouble with Evan, The
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FRONTLINE is investigative journalism that questions, explains and changes our world. Since 1983, FRONTLINE has served as PBS's flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience.

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This program explores the family turmoil surrounding 11-year-old Evan, a kid who always seems to be in trouble, and the attempts of his parents, Karin and Mike, to cope with and change his behavior. Their story is told with a special intimacy and power through the use of surveillance cameras, placed in the family's home with their consent, that record the raw, uncensored drama of a family in crisis, 24 hours a day, for three months. As a counterpoint to the family's drama, the film examines the stories of juveniles sentenced to a detention facility as they explore the connection between the family trauma in their childhoods and the crimes they committed.

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