Director Matt Campea and James Cantor
|Written by||Matthew Campea|
|Directed by||Matthew Campea|
Dr. James Cantor
Dr. Klaus Beier
|Music by||Grant Fonda|
|Country of origin||Canada, Germany|
|Running time||52 minutes|
I, Pedophile is a Canadian documentary film about men who are sexually attracted to children, but do not commit sexual offenses. It was first broadcast in 2016 and was nominated for best social/political documentary program.
The film introduces Bob Radke and Ed Chambers, two pedophilic men who openly acknowledge that they experience sexual attractions to children, but state that they have never molested one. They live their lives suppressing their sex drives, but still face being stigmatized and marginalized.
The film features James Cantor, a neuroscientist and sex researcher who "conducted revolutionary research that found a dramatic cross-wiring in the connective tissue (or 'white matter') of pedophiles' brains, in an area related to stimuli and sexual response." Cantor explains his program of research findings in the film, showing how the findings led to the conclusion that pedophilia is in the brain and that those brain differences were likely present before birth. He states, "The day before somebody gives in to his sexual interest in children, he was a person who was struggling with his sexual interests in children, and that's the day we failed him."
Director Matt Campea described in an interview what drew him to this topic for a documentary: "They have this secret that festers inside them that they can't talk to anyone about. That's a dark place." He continued, "We're at a moment in time here. If somebody is born with something they can't control, we shouldn't condemn them. We should extend a compassionate hand and give them the resources they need to lead a virtuous, dignified life."
Release and reception
I, Pedophile premiered on CBC Television's Firsthand documentary series to positive reviews. The Toronto Star wrote that the film was "so riveting and enlightening, you can't stop watching it." The film was nominated by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television for Best Social/Political Documentary Program (the Donald Brittain Award) at the 5th Canadian Screen Awards.
- "I, Pedophile on CBC Firsthand videos". Retrieved 19 March 2017.
- "Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television". Retrieved 19 March 2017.
- Bielski, Zosia (March 8, 2016). "'The most viscerally hated group on earth': Documentary explores how intervention can stop pedophiles". The Globe and Mail.
- Knelman, Martin (March 9, 2016). "I, Pedophile dares to empathize". The Toronto Star.