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    The Work That Reconnects is informed by Deep Ecology, systems thinking, Gaia theory, and spiritual traditions (especially Buddhist and indigenous teachings), as well as group wisdom from earlier workshops. Common to all of these is a non-linear view of reality. It illuminates the mutuality at play in self-organizing systems, and unleashes the power of reciprocity.

    Furthermore, central to our use of systems thinking and the Buddha Dharma is the recognition that self-reflexive consciousness is a function of choice-making. Whatever the limitations of our life, we are still free to choose which version of reality –or story about our world– we value and want to serve. We can choose to align with business as usual , the unraveling of living systems, or the creation of a life-sustaining society.

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    Restorative Justice: Why Do We Need it? • BRAVE NEW FILMS (BNF)

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    'Free the People is proud to bring you How to Love Your Enemy: A Restorative Justice Story. Winner of Best Feature and Best Director at the Front Range International Film Festival. A city in Colorado tries a different kind of justice system powerful enough to change the incarceration game of the U.S. Instead of locking up non-violent offenders, these advocates focus on the challenging but rewarding process of apology, forgiveness, and redemption that radically shifts our idea of justice and our part in it.'

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    'From the streets of Minneapolis, the aboriginal lands of Australia, and the killing fields of Cambodia come the powerful stories of three people who had the courage to step out of the haunting, tragic darkness of the past, risking everything to reach the light of their own compassion. RISKING LIGHT is a thought-provoking documentary that explores resilience, and the painful process of moving from grief to compassion and forgiveness. Through the unforgettable stories of Mary Johnson, who grieves a murdered son; Debra Hocking, a victim of government-sanctioned genocide; and Kilong Ung, who survived the terror of the Khmer Rouge, RISKING LIGHT challenges us to examine our own beliefs about forgiveness and ask “What would the world look like if we could learn to forgive one another?”'

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    'From the streets of Minneapolis, the aboriginal lands of Australia, and the killing fields of Cambodia come the powerful stories of three people who had the courage to step out of the haunting, tragic darkness of the past, risking everything to reach the light of their own compassion. RISKING LIGHT is a thought-provoking documentary that explores resilience, and the painful process of moving from grief to compassion and forgiveness. Through the unforgettable stories of Mary Johnson, who grieves a murdered son; Debra Hocking, a victim of government-sanctioned genocide; and Kilong Ung, who survived the terror of the Khmer Rouge, RISKING LIGHT challenges us to examine our own beliefs about forgiveness and ask “What would the world look like if we could learn to forgive one another?”'

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    'RPI presents a special virtual event movie viewing and Online Discussion Forum to explore the ideas presented in the film. The movie will be made available with the compliments of RPI for five days so you can watch it at home from your own device. You are then invited to join a unique group discussion facilitated by Serge Loode on the evening of June 17.'

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    'RPI presents a special virtual event movie viewing and Online Discussion Forum to explore the ideas presented in the film. The movie will be made available with the compliments of RPI for five days so you can watch it at home from your own device. You are then invited to join a unique group discussion facilitated by Serge Loode on the evening of June 17.'

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    At long last, #CIRCLESmovie has just dropped on most major streaming platforms for rent and sale! I'm filled with gratitude to everyone who helped bring us to this moment! Thank you first and foremost to Eric Butler, whose commitment to social justice and love for humanity is the very lifeblood of this film, to the "Queen of Suspensions" turned "Queen Mama" Betsye Steele, to our distributors Indican Pictures and Lionsgate, to my mentor in film and the most gifted story editor, Juli Veetz, to Shane Smith at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Stewart W. Bainum Jr. and Sandy Bainum and to Simon Kilmurry at the International Documentary Association for seeing our potential and believing in our story. And to the many other people who showed up, gave of themselves and believed... you know who you are! Please help us circulate this film far and wide, rate it, review it and share it with friends and family.

     

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    At long last, #CIRCLESmovie has just dropped on most major streaming platforms for rent and sale! I'm filled with gratitude to everyone who helped bring us to this moment! Thank you first and foremost to Eric Butler, whose commitment to social justice and love for humanity is the very lifeblood of this film, to the "Queen of Suspensions" turned "Queen Mama" Betsye Steele, to our distributors Indican Pictures and Lionsgate, to my mentor in film and the most gifted story editor, Juli Veetz, to Shane Smith at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Stewart W. Bainum Jr. and Sandy Bainum and to Simon Kilmurry at the International Documentary Association for seeing our potential and believing in our story. And to the many other people who showed up, gave of themselves and believed... you know who you are! Please help us circulate this film far and wide, rate it, review it and share it with friends and family.

     

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    'Unaddressed childhood trauma changes how we respond to the world and when triggered, we make choices that sometimes have devastating consequences including domestic violence, addiction, murder and prison. I, too, would have been incarcerated had I not had the privilege and support system I lucked into. Let's shift the paradigm of how we incarcerate, isolate and dehumanize the most traumatized members of our society.'

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    'The trailer for our movie about the Restorative Circles is ready! We want to give you an insight into our wonderful film about a systemic conflict resolution model, the Restorative Circles. Our vision of this film is that you as a viewer experience the magical moments of discovering common human values. You will learn in our film what it pays to learn from conflicts in this way. (Google translation from German; English sub-titles are on the video)'

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    'Restorative justice – where victim and offender meet to talk about the damage done and potential reparation – is not a new concept. Versions of it can be found in antiquity. Under the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi, for example, victims were entitled to receive payment for certain property offences. In the modern era, the idea began to regain traction in New Zealand in the 1970s. “It started in Maori populations because young boys were disproportionately represented in prisons for all sorts of petty crimes,” says criminologist Estelle Zinsstag, a senior researcher for KU Leuven, currently based in Glasgow.'

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    CIRCLES is the first feature film to explore the phenomenon of #restorativejustice in schools. 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.

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