Film tells stories of those left behind when a parent goes to prison,

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BENNINGTON — "Downstream: The Effects of Parental Incarceration," a documentary film that tells the stories of those left behind when a parent goes to prison, willl be shown at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25 at Oldcastle Theatre Company. A discussion with several people featured in the film will follow.

Most discussions about criminal justice reform focus on the adults in the system. Very rarely do we get a chance to see up close and personal how children are affected. In Brad Salon's film, Vermont children and caregivers share their experiences, revealing the complex and emotional terrain they navigate in the wake of a parent's incarceration.

"Downstream" includes a number of Vermont leaders and advocates whose perspectives help give larger context to the children's and family's stories. Those appearing in the film include: elected and state officials, educators, a law school professor, and a pediatrician.

Commentary by those who have attended previous screenings attest to its power and poignancy. Sen. Patrick Leahy says, "'Downstream' paints a vivid picture of the generational impact of incarceration on Vermont's children and families."

"The compassion and empathy with which you were able to tell those stories was moving," said Tanya Searles, a mental health counselor. "People who see this film will be changed."

This screening is free and open to the public, and is appropriate for adults and teens. Reservations are encouraged, and can be made by going to Lamoille Restorative Center's home page: www.lrcvt.org.

More information about the film, and the film trailer can be seen at the film's website: www.downstreamfilm.com.

This screening is sponsored by United Counseling Service, MVP Health Care and the Bennington Center for Restorative Justice. "Downstream" is produced by Brad Salon, of Bear Notch Productions, in association with Resilience Beyond Incarceration, a program of the Lamoille Restorative Center in Hyde Park. For more information contact Tricia Long, the film's executive producer, at tlong@lrcvt.org.

Oldcastle Theatre is located at 331 Main St., Bennington.

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