Paper Tigers

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 offers a compelling example of how caring connections can improve the well-being of youth, adults, and the overall community.


  • None scheduled at this time. We will post information as it becomes available.


Community Screening - To host a screening in your community, fill out our form here. These community screenings include showing the film and facilitating a discussion following the film on the role the community can play in addressing trauma. Prevent Child Abuse Iowa, in partnership with Prevent Child Abuse America, can work with you to host this event, including providing a DVD of the film and discussion guide, for free. Additional event-related costs may apply for theater rental, food/drinks, and promotion. 

Organization or Small Group Screening - To host a screening for your organization or group, visit the Paper Tigers Movie website.  A cost may apply to screen the film.

About the film

     Paper Tigers 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.

     Lincoln High School shows how an entire system can change to better respond to childhood trauma. After four years, suspensions dropped by 90 percent, expulsions dropped to zero, and graduation rates increased five-fold. View a preview here: