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:
Ray Beaver, Case Worker at Spectrum Youth and Family Services
Dave Jacques, Youth Probation officer based in Burlington
Justin Verette, Outreach Clinician for the Howard Center & the Burlington Police Department.
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.