CIRCLES
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THE FILM

world premiere - hot docs canadian documentary festival 2018

Documentary jury award special mention - Milwaukee film festival 2018

Best Documentary Feature Nominee - nashville film festival 2018

 

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.

 
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Reviews

"AN EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE UNLIKE I HAVE EVER SEEN BEFORE."

GET REEL MOVIES

"CIRCLES SHOWS US WHAT A REAL HERO LOOKS LIKE, AND WHAT REAL HEROISM TAKES. FILMS LIKE THIS DON'T LEAVE YOU; NOR SHOULD THEY"

615FILM

"SUPERB…EXCEPTIONAL…MUST-SEE. AN INTIMATE, ABSORBING DOCUMENTARY THAT GRABS YOUR ATTENTION AND NEVER LETS GO."

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

"CIRCLES PUTS THE LENS ON THE DIRE NEED FOR JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM, WITH ONE FAMILY AT THE CENTER.”

NPR

"CIRCLES CAN BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER TO  INVOKE CHANGE"

THE OXFORD EAGLE

"CIRCLES HARNESSES THE POWER OF RESTORATIVE JUSTICE IN SCHOOLS."

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

"CIRCLES EXPOSES THE RAW HUMAN REALITY OF LIFE." 

TERRY O'CONNELL, RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PIONEER AUSTRALIA

"MOVING… [WE DON’T] SEE ENOUGH MEN, ESPECIALLY BLACK MEN, IN THAT KIND OF ROLE."

TERAN POWELL, NPR RACE REPORTER

"CIRCLES LEAVES US WITH A NEW SET OF EYES ON HOW WE RESTORE JUSTICE IN OUR SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY."  

JUMOKE HINTON HODGE, OUSD BOARD OF EDUCATION VICE PRESIDENT

"A POWERFUL AND COMPLEX PORTRAIT OF A MAN TRYING TO HELP HIS SON AND COMMUNITY" 

CINEMA AXIS

 

CONTACT

 

Press Inquiries

Zakiya Scott

704-277-8025

zakiya.i.scott@gmail.com

 

 

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