Restorative Film Series - Facing The Demons

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A powerful documentary about restorative justice and conferencing. Two convicted criminals come face-to-face with the toughest jury of all.

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These monthly film screenings and discussion circles are all about connecting ideas from nature, ecology, education and other areas and seeing how they interconnect in our lives. To deepen learning we do this as a group of individuals who come together on the night and share our own unique perspectives in a safe, facilitated environment. To this end, each screening is limited to 20 places.

In Facing the Demons two convicted criminals come face-to-face with the toughest jury of all: the family and friends of their murdered victim ... In this heart-rending story we meet a cast of characters, all seeking some form of resolution. On the victim's side are the mother and the father, as well as friends and co-workers. On the other side are two of the four convicted of the murder. And in the middle, the man determined to bring them all together is Senior Sergeant Terry O'Connell of the NSW Police Service. Why? The confrontation between them offers an opportunity for all those traumatised by the event to hear, for the first time ever, the other's side of the story. Talking directly to each other they have a chance to vent built up emotions, to find answers to unresolved questions and perhaps find a way to move ahead in their lives which have been indelibly affected by a horrific and senseless crime.

Watch and, afterwards, join in a facilitated talking circle with Judith Lardner and Joe Power (restorative practitioners) and explore how this story can educate us and influence our restorative thinking.


6:45pm - welcome circle and introductions

7:00pm - film screening, via zoom screen share (note: due to the nature of this event we will not be able to admit anyone after 7pm)

8:30pm - post-film dialogue circle. Share your thoughts and learn from others in the process.

9:30pm - closing circle

(zoom link will be issued two days before screening)

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