‘Community Cinema’ film challenges perceptions about youth violence
In 2004, 16-year-old Cyntoia Brown was arrested for murder. There was no question that a 43-year-old man was dead and that she killed him.
“Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story,” February’s presentation in the “Community Cinema” series at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, is director Daniel Birman’s exploration of how common violence among youth is and how rarely we question our assumptions about it.
“Me Facing Life” will be shown free at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, and 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9, with a facilitated discussion afterward.
The documentary explores what brought a girl from a reasonable home environment to serve a life sentence in prison. It looks into a social mirror that reveals a strong connection between violence in her maternal line and a childhood filled with bad decisions.