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Film: Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story
February 12, 2011 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
There 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 email@example.com 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.