A Once and Future Peace (2021)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 35m

World Digital Festival Premiere

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In Seattle, communities are working to break the cycle of incarceration. A promising new restorative justice program based on Indigenous peace-making circles aims to bring healing to families and communities while reforming the justice system. Using beautifully crafted animation, the film follows “Andy,” a teenager facing felony charges, and his family as they work through the program shepherded by Saroeum, a former gang leader. As they look at the status of the broken justice system - prosecutors, judges, and those running the program ask: how much is our society willing to invest to truly change the trajectory of our communities for the better?

“When a young person comes into court, their attorney rightfully says ‘Don’t talk, I’ll do all the talking for you.’ When you come into a peace-making circle and this talking stick is in the hands of a 16-year-old boy, and all of the adults and everyone else in the room is leaning in to hear what he has to say – that’s a powerful moment.” - Daniel T. Satterberg, film participant, A Once and Future Peace

Watch at your own pace anytime between May 19 - 27, or join us and watch-along before the live Q&A

Sunday May 23
6:45 PM EDT / 3:45 PM PDT – Start film
8:30 PM EDT / 5:30 PM PDT – Join us for a live Q&A with filmmaker Eric Daniel Metzgar and film participant Saroeum Phoung. Register here!

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Bonus Content

'A Once and Future Peace' Filmmaker Introduction

An introductory video from ‘A Once and Future Peace’ filmmaker Eric Daniel Metzgar

US: Probation, Parole Feed Mass Incarceration Crisis

Onerous Rules, Harsh Penalties Add to Jail, Prison Time

Probation and parole are promoted as alternatives to incarceration that help people get back on their feet, but instead feed bloated jail and prison populations in the United States, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said in a joint report released July 31, 2020.

The report, “Revoked: How Probation and Parole Feed Mass Incarceration in the United States,” finds that supervision – probation and parole – drives high numbers of people, disproportionately those who are Black and brown, right back to jail or prison, while in large part failing to help them get needed services and resources. In states examined in the report, people are often incarcerated for violating the rules of their supervision or for low-level crimes, and receive disproportionate punishment following proceedings that fail to adequately protect their fair trial rights.

Read the report here.