Monday, September 23, 2019 / 4:30-7:15 PM / 3500 Mountain Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94619
Join us at Holy Names University for a special program of the 2019 Oakland International Film Festival! This program is presented by the Oakland Film Society and the HNU Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute in partnership with the Professor Yuan-li Wu Economics Speaker Series and the Wu Chen Lew Zurinaga Fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
A documentary about the power of restorative justice in Oakland schools
BONUS: Circles will be preceded by a dance performance featuring TURFinc & the short film FixMyKixx
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. (Source: https://www.circlesmovie.com/)
4:30-5:00 pm TURFinc dance performance
5:00-6:45 pm Intros and films (Circles will screen after the short film FixMyKixx)
6:45-7:15 pm Conversation with Eric Butler, director Cassidy Friedman, and other guests
7:15-8:00 pm Networking reception
FREE for HNU students with school ID
$10 HNU alumnae/i - discounted rate available at the door
$15 General admission – Click here to purchase tickets online
Holy Names University (HNU) is located at 3500 Mountain Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94619. This event will be held in the Wayne and Gladys Valley Center for the Performing Arts (VCPA) at HNU. Click on the following links for driving directions and campus map. (VCPA is marked "D" on the map.) Please note that parking in the "Main Parking Lot" at the VCPA is limited. Additional parking is available in the "Lower Parking Lot" on the north side of campus, and also outside the campus gate along Mountain Boulevard.
Contact Prof. Chiho Sawada (email@example.com), executive director of the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute.
We are grateful for generous financial support from the Professor Yuan-li Wu Economics Speaker Series and the Wu Chen Lew Zurinaga Fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
Special thanks to our HNU promotional and co-sponsoring partners! Listed in alphabetical order: Campus Services, Counseling & Forensic Psychology program, Integrative Studies Across Cultures program, Political Science & Historical Studies program, and the School of Education.