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JDIFF Winter Film Series: Circles

February 21st 6PM – 9PM

Join us for the second installment from Julien Dubuque International Film Festival’s NEW Winter Film Awareness Series:
“Circles”, A Restorative Justice Documentary. Directed and Produced by Cassidy Friedman, a JDIFF 2019 Official Selection Documentary

On the film:
“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.”

This event will take place in the upstairs ballroom of the Hotel Julien. There will be a cocktail/mingle hour from 6:00-6:45 before the showing begins. Following the film, there will be a Q&A session with film subject Eric Butler and Director Cassidy Friedman and local representatives. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.

**Winter Film Series events are sponsored by Susan and Ed Ritts**