San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
You're invited to a film premiere and discussion!
“Finding Courage: Addressing Harm with Restorative Justice Circles”
Produced and Presented by Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ)
and the Concord Police Department
This 30-minute film offers an inside look at a new approach to justice. Known as “restorative justice,” the emerging field offers a process for victims to voice their feelings, for offenders to take responsibility and make amends, and for community members and police to bring support, healing and understanding to all involved. C4RJ is a nonprofit partnership of community members and police that has already offered restoraitve justice in nearly 600 cases, using a "circle" process. While rules of confidentiality restrict public viewing of actual cases, this grant-funded film using professional actors offers the public a front row seat to witness how this meaningful, effective approach works and what participants experience within the circle.
We kick the evening off with a catered reception by Debra's Natural Gourmet. We will engage in a discussion after the premiere. No admission fee required. Donations will be gratefully accepted online (credit card at www.c4rj.com/giving.php) or at the event (cash or check only, please).
Come walk the red carpet with C4RJ and celebrate this home-grown, insightful film! We are eager to see you there.
Advance praise for Finding Courage:
“It’s not Hollywood. It’s not the Big Apple. This film is from here, by us, about our work.”
- Chief Barry Neal (ret.), Concord Police Dept.
Finding Courage is a great resource for community members interested in resilience and wellbeing after harm. It’s a must-see for criminal justice agencies too.”
- Judge John Cratsley (ret.)
“I’ve been so curious about how restorative justice works. Finding Courage has finally given me a front-row seat.”
- Sen. Jamie Eldridge
Film production by Reflection Films (www.reflectionfilmsonline.com)
When & Where
Communities for Restorative Justice
Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ) is a nonprofit community-police partnership that offers restorative justice to those affected by crime. Our “circle” process recognizes that crime is a violation of people and relationships, not just a violation of law. Those affected by the crime assemble to explore the harm and work on repair where possible. C4RJ took its first case in 2000 and has offered restorative justice in hundreds of cases in the region. Referrals include adults and youth who are facing criminal charges such as breaking and entering, assault and battery, larceny (e.g., shoplifting), vandalism, illegal substances, and trespassing. Victims include merchants, neighbors, peers of the offender, and institutions such as schools, towns, businesses, or places of worship. C4RJ is driven by scores of trained volunteers, is guided by a 13-member board, and employs an executive director and support staff. Learn more about C4RJ’s work and history at www.c4rj.com.