FRYEBURG — The Oxford County Wellness Collaborative will present a screening of “Paper Tigers” at 6 p.m. Friday, March 18, at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, 18 Bradley St.

The film is an intimate look into the lives of selected students at Lincoln High School, an alternative school that specializes in educating traumatized youth. Set in the rural community of Walla Walla, Wash., the film examines the inspiring promise of Trauma Informed Communities, a movement showing promise in healing youths struggling with the dark legacy of adverse childhood experiences.

Doctors, researchers, teachers, nurses, social workers and law enforcement officers are turning the tide against the cycle of trauma and abuse. A movement is rising, one that sees aberrant behavior in children as a symptom rather than a moral failing. This movement asks not what is wrong with our youths, but rather what has happened to them. The paradigm is shifting from punishment and blame to a deeper commitment to understanding and healing the underlying causes of aberrant behavior. With this shifting paradigm comes the promise of great improvements in many of the society’s costly ills: less crime, less illness, less teen pregnancy, abuse, rape and divorce. The film takes a look at what is possible.

The event is free and open to the public. The film contains some adult content.

FMI: 207-935-9232, www.fryeburgacademy.org/pac.


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