Film Viewing/Discussion of Broken Places

Film Viewing/Discussion of Broken Places

Co-sponsored by AFCC-MN & St. Thomas Family Law Society

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Join us for a special screening of the documentary film, Broken Places.  Reception, Networking and Facilitated Discussion of film included.
Broken Places — Why are some children permanently damaged by early adversity while others are able to thrive? To help answer this question, filmmaker Roger Weisberg dug into his extensive film archives to update a few of the stories of the abused and neglected children he filmed decades ago. Viewers are given a unique time-lapse perspective on how the trauma that these children experienced shaped their lives as adults. BROKEN PLACES interweaves these longitudinal narratives with commentary from a few nationally renowned experts in neurobiology and early childhood development in order to illuminate the devastating impact of childhood adversity as well as the factors that can foster resilience.

“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms.

  • “I think you’ve produced one of the best documentaries on early childhood adversity that I’ve seen. The incredible quality of what people shared with [Weisberg] on camera about their personal struggles over a period of more than two decades is a remarkable tribute to [his] professional skills and to the authentic personal commitment [he] brought to this project. – Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., Director, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
  • “This documentary is remarkably unique in offering a perspective of lives unfolding over decades. There’s nothing more powerful than showing what happens to people, instead of implying or telling…The documentary is sure to be shown tens of thousands of times in communities across the world that are launching and growing their ACEs initiatives, and need some powerful inspiration to create healthy cities, states and countries.” – Jane Stevens, Founder, ACEs CONNECTION/ ACEsTOO HIGH
  • “…a splendid job laying out the ACEs framework – better than I’ve seen anywhere. And the protagonists and their stories were remarkable – telling, eloquent and heart-breaking…I was delighted [Weisberg] spotlighted some of the successful trauma-informed interventions which work! So many are prepared to write off kids suffering from complex trauma…Poverty and racism are today’s major diseases of childhood.” – Larry Adelman, Co-director & Head of Production, California Newsreel Producer, The Raising of America
  • “The message of Broken Places is clear. It says that toxic stress and its downstream consequences are costly. It calls us all to create better interventions based on this understanding. And for this reason, it is a powerful tool for good in strengthening the work of my organization and our partners.” – Elisabeth D. Babcock, MCRP, PhD, President and CEO EMPath – Economic Mobility Pathways

Event Moderator:
Mindy Mitnick, EdM, MA, will join us to introduce the film and facilitate a discussion after the screening about ways the family law process, and we as practitioners in our respective fields, can better support children and their parents who are experiencing significant conflict and trauma.


5:00 – 5:45   Registration and Reception
5:45 – 6:00   Introduction – Mindy Mitnick
6:00 – 7:00   Film Screening of Broken Places
7:00 – 7:45   Facilitated Discussion – Mindy Mitnick
7:45 – 8:00   Wrap Up


Will there be any food served at the event?
Appetizers will be provided and a cash bar will be available.

Can I become an AFCC-MN member the night of the event?
Yes, become a member the night of the screening and pay the member rate for admission!

Do I have to bring a printed ticket or confirmation to the event?
No, once you’ve completed your online registration you will be added to our event attedee list, so we’ll be able to find your registration the night of the event.

When does the program begin?
A reception with appetizers and cash bar will precede the film screening. The movie will begin at 6 PM with a facilitated discussion to follow.

Does this event qualify for continuing education credits?
AFCC-MN will be applying for 2 CLE hours for this event. Event Code: TBD

What is the refund policy?
Registration fees for this event will be non-refundable.

Where can I park?
The University of St. Thomas has a parking lot, but spaces are limited.
There is a lot directly in front of UST School of Law that you may park in. The entrance is off of LaSalle Ave. between 11th and 12th Streets.
In the event that this lot is full, there is a parking ramp located on the corner of 11th Street and Harmon Place that is connected to the Law School building by a skyway.

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