Thank you for watching the above trailer for "Step Inside the Circle," a documentary we are making to raise awareness about the devastating effects of childhood trauma.
We are asking for donations so we can continue our work educating the public about childhood trauma and also bring this awareness to the men, women and children living in prison. As you will see in the promo, educating the incarcerated men about their trauma opened a door to healing.
STEP INSIDE THE CIRCLE DOCUMENTARY
On February 12, 2020, 23 Crew Members, including Academy-Award nominated Director of Photography Rodrigo Prieto and Grammy-Award winning producer Fritzi Horstman, filmed the Compassion Trauma Circle with 235 incarcerated men at a Maximum Security Prison in Lancaster, California.
COMPASSION TRAUMA CIRCLE
The Compassion Trauma Circle is where the men and women step inside the circle for each traumatic event they have experienced in their childhood, roughly based on the Adverse Childhood Experiences test created by Dr. Vincent Felitti and Robert Anda of the CDC.
ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES (ACEs)
Many of the men and women living behind bars aren’t aware of their Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Compassion Trauma Circle is one of the ways to raise awareness about what happens when the brain and body are traumatized before the age of 18. What naturally follows is an urgent call to change how we treat and care for these traumatized individuals, 95% of whom will one day become our neighbors again.
Those who have experienced the Compassion Trauma Circle and have learned about the symptoms of trauma feel a sense of relief and self-forgiveness. It has given them understanding about their past behavior and opens a doorway to forgiveness, making amends and healing.
The film is a call to action: to spread the word about Adverse Childhood Trauma (ACEs), to understand the physical, emotional and social impact ACEs have wrought on our society and to stress the importance of care (not punishment) going forward in the criminal justice system.
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COMPASSION PRISON PROJECT
The Compassion Trauma Circle came out of the work we have been doing at Kern Valley State Prison with the 29 men who are enrolled in our class.
The Compassion Prison Project was founded in 2019 to bring compassion, humanity, awareness of childhood trauma and creative inspiration, to the men and women living behind bars.
Please support us by donating on this GoFundMe page.
To find out more about our nonprofit Compassion Prison Project, please visit: https://compassionprisonproject.org/