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  • Byerly Hall 8 Garden Street Cambridge, MA, 02138 United States (map)

Join us for a short film and intimate discussion about transforming personal trauma into art, healing, and community justice. A screening of the documentary Circle Upwill be followed by a conversation with filmmaker Julie Mallozzi and film subjects Janet Connors and Clarissa Turner. The film tells the story of a group of mothers seeking justice for their murdered sons—justice that involves not revenge and incarceration, but forgiveness, accountability, and community healing.  
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Julie Mallozziis a documentary filmmaker whose work explores the ways in which culture is “repurposed” to address contemporary social problems.  Mallozzi’s filmshave won awards at festivals around the world and screened in museums, universities, and on public television; they have been funded by ITVS,  VisionMaker Media, Sundance Documentary Fund, Mass Humanities, and LEF sFoundation.  She is passionate about using storytelling to advance social justice and enjoys presenting at schools, prisons, churches, and other community settings.  Mallozzi received her BA from Harvard University and her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute.  She has taught at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston University, Rhode Island School of Design, and Harvard, where she is currently Administrative Director of the Film Study Centerand Lecturer in Visual and Environmental Studies.

Janet Connors is a long-time community and social justice activist in Boston's neighborhoods.  She brings over 45 years’ experience working with youth and families in community-based organizations. Janet is a frequent public speaker and has participated on many panels at various forums locally and nationally.  She was presented a Leadership in Community and Restorative Justice Award by Howard Zehr, the Chomsky Peace and Justice Award by the Justice Studies Association, and the Mothers of Courage award by Mothers for Justice and Equality.  Janet works in schools, local and federal courts, prisons, and community settings as a circle keeper, restorative justice practitioner, and trainer.

Clarissa Turner has significant experience working with families during important transitions in their lives. She has worked as a doula at Boston Medical Center, a counselor at A Woman’s Concern, a parent educator and counselor at St. Mary’s Home/Shelter, and a family partner at Children Services of Roxbury. The tragic loss of her son to violence in 2011 has given Clarissa a special perspective on youthful offending and the lasting impact of crime on communities. A mother of six, Clarissa founded Legacy Lives On, an organization dedicated to supporting the entire community during times of loss.  Clarissa strives to provide youth and their affected communities a sense of understanding, resilience, compassion, and empowerment to move productively past serious trauma.

Earlier Event: April 9
Later Event: April 12