A sell out audience of 650 people filled The Grand Lake Theater’s largest Auditorium in Oakland for the world premier of the documentary Wounded Places in late April 2015. At the end of the showing the crowd gave up enthusiastic applause. Hundreds stayed for the panel discussion by the movie’s producers and featured characters. Also participating were some of the many notables in attendance whose daily work here in Oakland closely parallels the movies ‘doctors, community organizers and peer counselors who’d been featured on screen developing a new model of trauma-informed care.’
The documentary stands as a complete movie on its own, but it’s also being broadcast later this year as one of the several installments in ‘The Raising of America’ series on PBS TV. The exact schedule is still being worked out.
Wounded Places is about parents and children who live in the midst of multi-generational poverty, sketchy educational and health systems, and gun violence. It’s set in both Oakland and Philadelphia, but its’ conclusions address the deepest social, economic and health issues affecting everyone in our country today.
Using the documentary form factor, its narrative is told though the eyes of the poverty stricken children growing up in their stress filled world, and the researchers at prestigious institutions who describe what’s happening to these children at the level of systems, policy and biology.
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