Why are some children permanently damaged by early adversity while others thrive as adults? Veteran filmmaker Roger Weisberg mined his extensive film archives (33 films over 40 years) to update the stories of some of the children growing up in difficult circumstances who appeared in these films.  At the time of filming Broken Places, some were now adults living in mental institutions, correctional facilities, or drug rehabilitation centers. A few had died prematurely. But others were healthy, self-sufficient adults.  Their life stories are interwoven with commentary from nationally renowned experts in neurobiology and early childhood development, illuminating the devastating impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) as well as the factors that can foster resilience. Weisberg’s previous productions have won two Academy Award nominations and over 150 awards including Emmy, duPont-Columbia, and Peabody awards.

Following this feature film, a film short by Friends of the Children will be shown. Visionaries: Friends of the Children – Seattle: shows how this nonprofit organization has created a model for mentors to help children overcome great challenges and live successful lives.

After the movies, a facilitated discussion will include the Friends of the Children Executive Director and mentors.