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Paper Tigers Screening

The pubic is invited to a FREE screening of Paper Tigers, a documentary directed by James Redford that focuses on toxic childhood stress.

Paper Tigers is a relevant and timely documentary that explores the impact of adverse childhood experiences on struggling teens. The film follows a year in the life of Lincoln High Alternative School in Walla Walla, Washington. After radically changing its approach to disciplining its students, Lincoln High School saw a dramatic turnaround in everything from the number of fights to test scores to graduation rates.
The school has become a promising model of how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families through the practice of ongoing trauma-informed educational strategies. In fact, a few schools in Missoula are already holding screening for their staff and students, such as Willard High School and Sentinel High School.
Told with intimate diary cam footage, Paper Tigers is a testament to what the latest research on childhood adversity is proving: that one caring adult can change the trajectory of a young person's life. Watch the trailer here:
Who is putting this event on?
Because of widespread excitement over this film, several organizations in Missoula have been a part of the planning process for bringing Paper Tigers to Missoula. Sponsors for the screening include Missoula Forum for Children and Youth, Child Care Resources, Childwise Institute, Brightways Learning, the Parenting Place, and the Department of Counselor Education at the University of Montana.
The screening is open to the general public but we encourage youth service providers, teachers, or anyone that works with children and teenagers to attend. Space is limited, so be sure to register ASAP to guarantee your spot!
Important: If you are signing up for Early Childhood Project or OPI Renewal credits, please make sure to sign at the registration table at the event and please indicate this when you register.
If you are interested in joining us for this special FREE screening, please click on the link:
If you have any questions about the event, how to register, or if you would like to hold your own screening, please contact Leah Fitch at
We look forward to seeing you there.

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