Restorative Justice Films

A Justice That Heals
A story of reconciliation, forgiveness and restorative justice in the wake of a murder.

Beyond Conviction
The film follows participants in a pioneering program run by the state of Pennsylvania in which victims of the most violent crimes meet face-to-face with their perpetrators. 

Beyond the Wall
Follows five formerly incarcerated men who are attempting to rebuild their lives on the outside with little support from our criminal justice system.

Burning Bridges
After a group of boys burn a historic covered bridge, a circle held in a small Pennsylvania town helps both the young arsonists and their community come to terms with what happened.

Circles
A Native community in the Canadian Yukon uses their circle traditions to combat many of the social problems initially introduced by missionary and colonial settlers.

Circles of Change: A Quiet Revolution in Haiti
A 20-minute documentary about the grassroots movement that is transforming notions and practices in education and leadership in Haiti and beyond. 

Concrete, Paint, and Steel
When men in a state prison join with victims of crime to create a mural about healing, their views on punishment, remorse, and forgiveness collide. 

Daze of Justice
The intimate story of  trailblazing Cambodian-American women who break decades of silence, abandoning the security of their American homes on a journey back into Cambodia's killing fields, only this time not as victims but as witnesses determined to resurrect the memory of their loved ones before the UN Special Tribunal prosecuting the Khmer Rouge. 

Fambul Tok
Victims and perpetrators of Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war come together for the first time in an unprecedented program of tradition-based truth-telling and forgiveness ceremonies. 

Herman’s House
The injustice of solitary confinement and the transformative power of art are explored in the unlikely friendship between a New York artist and one of America’s most famous inmates as they collaborate on an art project.

Hollow Water
Tells the story of the development of sentencing circles in a small community in Manitoba, Canada, by following the story of one family coming to terms with sexual abuse.

Ever After: Stories of Violence, Accountability, and Healing
Individuals share their personal stories of violence and its aftermath. 



Life After Life
After decades behind bars, three men set out to prove success can lie on the other side of tragedy.

Meeting with a Killer
Family prepares to meet the man who murdered their daughter.

Peace Officer
Dub Lawrence, the founder of Utah's first SWAT unit, investigates the death of his son-in-law and other shootings related to an increase in violent SWAT team raids.

Pray the Devil Back to Hell
A group of women rise up to bring peace to war-torn Liberia and help bring to power the country's first female head of state.

Red Hook Justice
Follows the ups and downs of an experimental court, The Red Hook Community Justice Center, as defendants, staff and community members work together to prevent crime in their troubled Brooklyn neighborhood.

Restoring Hope: An Indigenous Response To Justice
This often confronting documentary observes a Māori restorative justice model through the eyes of straight-talking Mike Hinton, manager of Restorative Justice at Manukau Urban Māori Authority.

Sentencing Circles: Traditional Justice Reborn
As the Canadian justice system continues to fail Aboriginal people, sentencing circles are becoming the most realistic and effective means to establishing and maintaining justice in the first nations communities. 

Southwest of Salem
After being wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two little girls during the Satanic Panic witch-hunt era of the '80s and '90s, four Latina lesbians fight against mythology, homophobia and prosecutorial fervor in their struggle for exoneration.

The If Project
Explores the reasons behind these staggering numbers by intimately following a heroic Seattle police officer and the writing workshop she created with a group of inmates at a maximum security women's prison.

The Interrupters
Tells the moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed.

The Look of Silence
A family that survived the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers.

Tribal Justice
Two Native American judges reach back to traditional concepts of justice in order to reduce incarceration rates, foster greater safety for their communities, and create a more positive future for their youth.