Community Cinema

Community Cinema at Soka University - Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story

Date: 02.17.2011
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Pauling Hall 216

Me Facing LifeAdmission: Free
Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story is a documentary film by Daniel H. Birman. Follow the story of Cyntoia Brown, who is serving a life sentence for murder at the age of 16. Me Facing Life challenges our assumptions about violence and explores how factors such as biology and family history can doom some young people from the start.
The Independent Television Service (ITVS), KOCE-TV (PBS) and Soka University of America are pleased to announce the second year of the Community Cinema series, which begins in October. The largest public interest outreach program in public or commercial television, Community Cinema features a sneak peek of nine documentaries set to broadcast on the award-winning PBS series Independent Lens.
Community Cinema, in partnership with the Humanities Concentration and Student Affairs, screen films monthly from October through June (Pauling 216, 7 p.m.). After the screenings, Community Cinema features panel discussions with leading community based organizations, special guest speakers, information, resources, and other programming designed to help our students and our community learn more and get involved.
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Soka University/ITVS producing partners: Tomás Crowder-Taraborrelli, Julian Petkov, Kandi Haro, Kathrine Maia and Nolina Doud.
Panelist: Georgette Breland, Cross Over Assistant for Restorative Justice, Professor of Psychology Gary Germo and Professor of Humanities and Writing Kristi Wilson.
Gigi Breland was born in Laurel Mississippi in 1958 and relocated to California in the late 1960’s. Currently I am working at the Center for Restorative Justice Works as an Assistant, working here I have learned so much, I am apart of something really wonderful and unique, working with people who have a true passion for helping others. I ask myself how could I not be apart of this experience. I too was incarcerated for twenty nine years while incarcerated I became involved with The Women of Wisdom (WOW) group and it changed my life.
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