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Wednesday, April 12 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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This feature documentary, currently in production, will present how each group of students—the free and the incarcerated—is equally transformed by this unique educational experience. The film’s mission will be to share this model with educators and correctional policy-makers around the world, inspiring others to replicate this type of program in their own communities. This continues Rosalia Films’ past work (World Peace and other 4th-Grade Achievements; Holistic Life Foundation: breathing love into a community) of affecting social change through presenting inspiring examples of individuals and their work within their communities.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a 20 year-old college student or a 20 year-old youth in a correctional facility, you know what it feels like to lose someone you love. You know what it feels like to struggle with family situations. You know what it feels like to search to find your place in a world that doesn’t always make that easy.”

Preconceptions of what it means to be an incarcerated youth or a university student are dismantled through a semester of intense and meaningful discussion of classic Russian writers like Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, their timeless human themes, and through the deep relationships that result. Stereotypes are replaced by a much more nuanced understanding of the other set of students and oneself.

“When I walked into that building every Tuesday afternoon, it’s like, I wasn’t locked up. It’s like, for the next three hours I can live. I can be myself. I can open up.”

“Never before have I felt so connected to a class, so motivated to give my all, and so transformed not just as a student but as a human being.”

Wednesday April 12, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
The Paramount Theater, Upstairs Ballroom 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

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