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THE FILM

OFFICial selection - hot docs canadian documentary festival 2018

official selection - 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."

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

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

CINEMA AXIS

"CIRCLES CAN BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER TO  INVOKE CHANGE"

THE OXFORD EAGLE

"THE HIGHEST IMPACT FILM AT THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL"

RAVI SRINIVASAN (HOT DOCS PROGRAMMER)

 

CONTACT

 

Press Inquiries

Zakiya Scott

704-277-8025

zakiya.i.scott@gmail.com

 

 

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