Scotiabank Theatre 3 Sat, Apr 28, 2018 6:30 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 Sun, Apr 29, 2018 12:30 PM
CC, ASL for intro/Q&A
Scotiabank Theatre 13 Sun, May 6, 2018 3:45 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Children & Youth
Families & Family Stories
By Program - Sort:Closed Captions & Full Subtitles
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Cassidy Friedman
Producer(s):Cassidy Friedman
Editor(s):Juli Vizza
Composer:William Fritch


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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 counselling vulnerable Black and Latino teenagers. Shot over two years, director Cassidy Friedman's raw and auspicious debut 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. But when his own teenaged son is arrested and beaten in prison, 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. Ravi Srinivasan

Co-presented with Regent Park Film Festival.

Additional Information

IDA - "20 IDA-supported Films Screening at Hot Docs"