AMC Traders Point Theater 11 Wed, Aug 15, 2018 7:15 PM
AMC Traders Point Theater 11 Mon, Oct 15, 2018 7:15 PM
AMC Castleton Square Theater 9 Wed, Oct 17, 2018 5:45 PM
Film Info
Film Type:Documentary Feature
Themes:Current Events/History
Release Year:2018
Runtime:82 min
Rating:Drug Use
Mature Themes
Suitable for Most Audiences
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Cassidy Friedman
Cast:Eric Butler
Tre Thomas
Mercedes Morgan
Betsye Steele
Ted Quant
Producer(s):Cassidy Friedman


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. 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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