The festival writes about the film:
Are some crimes simply unforgiveable? After you’ve “done your time,” does society owe you forgiveness?
In 2010, swimming teacher Benno L. – the owner of a private swim school in the Netherlands – was found guilty in 2010 for child abuse. It was a case that touched the whole country. He was sentenced to six years imprisonment and was conditionally released after four years. That’s when his search for housing began and countless towns sent him away; the country is in disgust. Mayors and housing corporations reject him, and parole officers peddle him throughout the country. For The Benno Tapes he was followed closely for two years – the period of his probation. How do agencies like city councils and probation offices deal with a man who has served his sentence, but is scorned by the whole country? And how does a man, who has done his time, deal with a society – and agencies – that would rather be rid of him? The uncomfortable story, for everyone involved, is told in this documentary.