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DESCRIPTIONS

Logline: Mothers seek true justice for their murdered sons. 

Synopsis: After the brutal slaying of her teenage son, Janet Connors reachs out to her son's killer to offer a chance at forgiveness. They team up with a group of mothers of murdered children to help young people in their community break the chain of violence and revenge. 

Longer Synopsis: After the brutal slaying of her teenage son, Janet Connors reaches out to her son's killer to offer a chance at forgiveness. They team up with a group of mothers of murdered children to help young people in their community break the chain of violence and revenge. 

CIRCLE UP is a call to action for reframing approaches to crime and punishment through the lens of restorative justice, forgiveness, and accountability. 

STILLS

Clarissa Turner and Janet Connors lead the Legacy Lives on Circle.

Janet Connors meets at her son’s grave with “AJ,” one of the men responsible for his murder.

 Clarissa Turner and family celebrate her son’s birthday at his graveside.

Clarissa Turner and family celebrate her son’s birthday at his graveside.

Janet keeping a circle of high school boys in Boston.

Janet participates in Side by Side circle for ex-offenders.

Janet Connors in CIRCLE UP.

Sage is often burned ritually to open the sacred space of a circle.

A restorative justice training at Charlestown High School in Boston

Clarissa Turner shares her journey of forgiveness.

Joel’s sister Shana Turner in Boston.

CIRCLE UP Director Julie Mallozzi

CIRCLE UP director and subjects speak at their premiere at Rhode Island International Film Festival, where they won the Best Documentary Feature Grand Prize.

 

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