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‘Paper Tigers’ showing Friday, Saturday

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MISSION VALLEY — “Paper Tigers,” the acclaimed documentary film by James Redford, is coming to the Mission Valley April 15-16. The film depicts the dramatic transformation in troubled teens when the staff at their school incorporates the findings from the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study into their education and support services.

The film will be shown at the Johnny Arlee/Victor Charlo Theater at Salish Kootenai College on Friday, April 15 at 11:30 a.m. Those who arrive early (around 11 a.m.) will receive a complimentary lunch provided by the SKC Psychology Department.

Paper Tigers will also be shown on Saturday, April 16, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, 70715 Hwy 93 (top of Post Creek Hill), followed by a panel discussion led by Teresa Nygaard, Director of The Parenting Place in Missoula. 

Carolyn Hall, Lake County Superintendent of Schools, and a representative from law enforcement will also be on the panel. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Paper Tigers is a testament to what the latest developmental science is showing: that just one caring adult can help break the cycle of adversity in a young person’s life. Following six students over the course of a school year at an alternative high school, we see the staff try a new approach to discipline: one based on understanding and treatment rather than judgment and suspension. 

Paper Tigers is designed to spark dialogue and offer hope to schools and youth struggling with dropout rates, truancy, violence, abuse and drug use. 

The film, which runs 102 minutes long, will be offered at no charge thanks to a grant from the Montana Children’s Trust Fund and the cooperative efforts of the Flathead Reservation Human Rights Coalition, The Nest, the Lake County Public Health Department, and Salish Kootenai College. OPI renewal credits will be offered for both screenings.

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