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A film about justice and community healing,
Circles is an inside look at sentencing circles-
an alternative approach to sentencing offenders
in the Yukon. By bringing together the perpetrator of crime, his or her victims, peers and elders,
sentencing circles focus on finding ways to heal
the offender, the victim and the community,
instead of simply punishment. For many
Aboriginal men in the North, going to jail was
a natural extension of attending residential
schools run by missionaries. For some, circle
sentencing is a way to re-connect with their
spiritual traditions and to break away from the
cycle of crime, court, prison.


Researched and directed by Shanti Thakur
Produced by the National Film Board of Canada

©1997, documentary
58 minutes, video, Canada




***1/2 /4
"Highly recommended."

— Joanne Peters, University of Manitoba, CM Magazine



"...definitely recommended."

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"Highly recommended...fascinating... deserves a broad

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Colorado at Denver
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