Film Shows the Power of Restorative Justice

Second Saturday Documentary Series

Award-winning filmmaker Cassidy Friedman explores the journey of one man as his personal and professional worlds collide in Circles. The film will be shown Saturday, January 11, at 1:30 p.m. as part of the Second Saturday Documentary Series at Niles Discovery Church. The screening is free and open to the public.

Eric Butler, a Hurricane Katrina survivor and pioneer of the restorative justice movement, relocates and finds work at an Oakland, California, high school enforcing his no-nonsense approach to counseling vulnerable Black and Latino teenagers.  Shot over two years, the film follows Butler’s impassioned efforts to nurture troubled youth and keep them in school, fighting racial discrimination by replacing snap suspensions and expulsions with gritty, intimate and honest mentoring.

But when his own teenage son is arrested and beaten in jail, he begins to question his methods and ability—not just as a teacher, but also as a father.  With incredible access, Circles is an inspirational portrait of a father desperate to provide his son with the leadership and compassion he never received from his own.

A moderated discussion will follow the screening.

The second Saturday Documentary Series is co-sponsored by Niles Discovery Church and the San Jose Peace and Justice Center. Learn more about the series at http://bit.ly.nilesssds.

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