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Preview & discussion of the Documentary "Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story."
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. This film challenges our assumptions about violence and explores how factors such as biology and family history can doom some young people from the start.
Followed by a discussion with:
David Johnston – Head of the Film Department, Lyndon State College
Frank Landry – Local activist – representative of OSHER Institute
Christine Maddox – Local women’s rights activist
Greg McDonald – Local resident – former head of St. Johnsbury Correctional Facility
Community Cinema is a presented locally as a partnership between VPT, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro Community TV, Catamount Arts, the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UVM.