Paper Tigers

“The behavior isn’t the kid, the behavior is a symptom of what is going on in their life”.

Director James Redford's documentary, Paper Tigers, looks at the effects of childhood trauma on the youth of Walla Walla, Washington, and how one community transformed its culture to respond. The film follows six students as teachers, administrators, health professionals and counselors come alongside to support them through stressful life events. At Lincoln Alternative High School, Principal Jim Sporleder leads staff through the process of reforming discipline practices after learning about the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. As the staff build stronger relationships with struggling students, the school becomes an example of how a single, caring adult can break the cycle of adversity in a young person’s life. The film offers a compelling example of how caring connections can improve the well-being of youth, adults, and the overall community.

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   If you are interested in hosting a screening of Paper Tigers, please fill out our form here and we will be in contact with you about setting up a screening and pick-up date.

     When screening Paper Tigers, we will provide you with a few forms that we ask that you please use: 

  •  A facilitation guide to help you in leading a 30 minute conversation following the screening - you may choose which questions in the guide best suit your audience.
  • A simple data form to help us track the spread of Paper Tigers across the state of Iowa - it includes an attendance sheet with information on how many people attend your screening and from what sectors, responses to the film, etc.