Circle Up

United States | 2018 | 15 min • Documentary Short

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Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn?
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Tue, Feb 26 7:00 PM
Lt. Wes Van Dorn, a 29-year-old United States Naval Academy graduate and the married father of two young sons, died when the helicopter he was piloting crashed off the coast of Virginia during a 2014 training exercise. Motivated by her grief, his wife Nicole sought an explanation for the cause of the disaster. Her efforts spurred an investigation that uncovered a long history of negligence and institutional failings around the 53E helicopter—the model Van Dorn was piloting when he was killed, and the deadliest aircraft in the US military. Through incisive reporting and interviews with Van Dorn’s colleagues and family, "Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn?" is at once a poignant picture of one family's tragedy, as well as a revelatory inquiry into the murky inner-workings of the American defense establishment.
Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn?
Harkins Sedona 6 - Theatre 5 Fri, Mar 1 1:15 PM
Lt. Wes Van Dorn, a 29-year-old United States Naval Academy graduate and the married father of two young sons, died when the helicopter he was piloting crashed off the coast of Virginia during a 2014 training exercise. Motivated by her grief, his wife Nicole sought an explanation for the cause of the disaster. Her efforts spurred an investigation that uncovered a long history of negligence and institutional failings around the 53E helicopter—the model Van Dorn was piloting when he was killed, and the deadliest aircraft in the US military. Through incisive reporting and interviews with Van Dorn’s colleagues and family, "Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn?" is at once a poignant picture of one family's tragedy, as well as a revelatory inquiry into the murky inner-workings of the American defense establishment.
Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Short
Release Year:2018
Run Time:15
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Trailer:https://vimeo.com/176696160
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Julie Mallozzi
Producer(s):Julie Mallozzi

Description

Two mothers of murdered sons transform their devastating loss into healing for themselves, their families, and their community. One of the mothers, Janet Connors, offers forgiveness to the men responsible in exchange for their personal accountability. Together, these courageous mothers and one of the murderers work to guide a group of traumatized young high school students away from revenge violence through a series of transformative and heartrending restorative justice circles. "Circle Up" is a call to action for reframing approaches to crime and punishment through the lens of restorative justice, forgiveness, and accountability. It shows the power of circle practice to change minds about the meaning of true justice and second chances.

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