Paper Tigers, an award-winning documentary film, will be shown on August 4, 2016 in the UW-Manitowoc theatre. The film tells the story of Lincoln High in Walla Walla, Washington, where students are struggling with truancy, violence, drugs, sexual abuse, bullying, and a host of other problems. Admission to the film is free to the public. The film will be followed by a panel discussion.
Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of the high school. The principal decides to radically change its approach to disciplining students, which becomes a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence, and disease that affect families.
The film’s director, James Redford, said, “I knew I wanted to make a film about the emerging science of adversity: how high doses of stress during childhood get into our bodies, change our brains, and lead to lifelong social problems – everything from domestic violence and substance abuse to heart disease and cancer.”
Paper Tigers is being shown free because of a desire to begin a community conversation about the consequences of high-risk behavior and adverse circumstancesaffecting many of our youth, according to Roxanna Strawn, Executive Director of the UW-Manitowoc Foundation. “Our campus is working with the Manitowoc County United Way, UW-Extension, Manitowoc Public Library and the UW-Oshkosh College of Education and Human Services. We hope that anyone who is interested – educators, parents and grandparents, mental health professionals, community leaders – will attend this important event.”
The film begins at 6 p.m. in the UW-Manitowoc Theatre, 705 Viebahn Street, Manitowoc. Refreshments will be served. Those who will be attending are asked to register through EventBrite: