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Film: Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story

February 12, 2011 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Film: Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story

Cyntoia behind fenceThere is space available for the Sunday, February 13 screening, 3 PM at the Washington DCJCC (1529 16th St., NW at Q ). Call 202-939-0794 or email to reserve for that one. The filmmaker, Daniel H. Birman will be at both events.

Cyntoia Brown was an average teenager in an American town. But a series of bad decisions led the 16-year-old into a situation that ended with her killing a man who had picked her up for sex. She was sentenced to life in a Tennessee prison meaning, in her case, she will serve a minimum of 51 years. Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story challenges our assumptions about violence and explores how factors such as biology and family history can doom some young people from the start. A Q & A session with the filmmaker, Daniel Birman and other guest speakers will follow the screening.


  • Daniel H. Birman, the filmmaker
  • Louis H. Henderson, a former foster child and vice president of Young People of Tomorrow, Inc.
  • Angelica Salazar, juvenile justice policy associate for the Children’s Defense Fund
  • K. Sharkira Washington, associate policy director for the Girls Initiative at the Rebecca Project for Human Rights.

Admission is FREE with a reservation: Call 202-939-0794 or click here.

Community Cinema [DC] hosts screenings each month (from October to June) at Busboys and Poets and the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. IPS’s Social Action & Leadership School for Activsts (SALSA) has served as community partner with Community Cinema [DC] since 2005. Screenings are followed by lively panel discussions that bring together citizens, organizations and public television stations to encourage dialogue and action around important and timely social issues.


February 12, 2011
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Busboys & Poets – 14th & V
2021 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
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