A Once and Future Peace

Includes Q&A

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Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Closed Captions
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:American Culture & Issues
Crime & the Justice System
Indigenous Cultures & Issues
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Eric Daniel Metzgar
Producer(s):Mikaela Beardsley
Executive Producer(s):Richard Burbidge
Suzanne Burbidge
Editor(s):Eric Daniel Metzgar
Writer(s):Eric Daniel Metzgar
Cinematography:Domenic Barbero
Sound:Sarah McCormic
Animation:Reza Riahi
Graphic Design:Michael Heid


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There are better alternatives and stronger working models to a punitive justice system for youth. This important film asks you to consider a healthier way to treat youthful offenders, one rooted in love. Returning to Inland T'lingit Nation,?to a moment in history when Harold Gatensby (Dahka T'lingit) and Judge Barry Stuart subvert the colonial structure of juvenile court by re-implementing the longstanding T'lingit tradition of peace circles, which are practiced by many Indigenous nations as a restorative measure. Also inspired by the movement is Saroeum Phoung, who, after escaping the brutal Pol Pot regime, found himself in East Boston's gangs until he had the opportunity to transition his own life and now works with youth in peacemaking circles. Told with live action and animated sequences, this gift of a film explores the possibility a better future. Heather Haynes

Co-presented with Theatre of the Beat

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A Once and Future Peace and its Q&A are presented with support from the U.S. Consulate General of Toronto
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