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Skyline High School, Oakland, California

  • Skyline High School 12250 Skyline Boulevard Oakland, CA, 94619 United States (map)

Skyline High School is hosting a special FREE screening of CIRCLES at 10 am on Wednesday, February 27 at Skyline High School. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the director, Cassidy Friedman, and main character, Eric Butler.

Tickets are FREE with RSVP here. (

The Oakland Film Society is presenting the documentary film “Circles” as an early acceptance into this year’s 17th Oakland International Film Festival, joining the concerted effort of Oakland Unified School District to screen the film in our schools to share this important topic of restorative justice in our schools to the Oakland community and the world around.

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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