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CIRCLES Documentary Screening & TalkBack + Q&A @ Oakland Technical H.S.

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Oakland Technical High School

4351 Broadway

Oakland, CA 94611

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The Oakland Film Society is proud to announce the documentary film “Circles” as an early acceptance into this year's 17th Oakland International Film Festival.

On Thursday, February 28th, 2019, Circles will screen at Oakland Technical High School.

Produced and Directed by Cassidy Friedman, we are joining the concerted effort of Oakland Unified School District to screen the film in our schools to share this important topic of restorative justice in our schools to the Oakland community and the world around.

Filmmaker Cassidy Friedman and Eric Butler will be present for a TalkBack + Q&A.

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.

Listed below are other upcoming free screenings of “Circles” at various schools in Oakland, CA over the next couple of months:

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019, “Circles” will screen at McClymond’s High School
see details : https://bit.ly/2CZu2P9

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, ” Circles” will screen at Skyline High School: https://tinyurl.com/yb3ascna

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