Sacramento Capitol Screening at the Crest Theater


Last night Claribelle an FC cast member from Know How, Nicole Starr from Participant Media, and I went to Sacramento with our youth led partners CYC to speak truth to power. Over 30 of us came together to screen the film. We were joined by foster care allies Assemblymember Mark Stone and Senator Jim Beall, both of whom are advocating for sweeping reform in the system. It was a big night, lots of great connections, and the creation of a cross dialogue between these youth and lawmakers. Today they continue the conversation through Shadow Day, an event where these youth will work hand in hand with legislators on the hill all day. I could not be prouder of our kickoff event.

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  • What:  Policy-driven screening and panel discussion with film cast & crew and NGO supporters, at the Crest Theater in Sacramento.  
  • Who: Opening Remarks from Senator Jim Beall, Assemblyman Mark Stone, both of whom are advocating for sweeping reform in the system, and CYC Foster Care Youth. Panel included, Nicole Starr (moderator), Juan Carlos (Director), Claribelle Pagan (writer, cast), Jennifer Rodriguez (Exec. Director, Youth Law Center).
  • Attendees: Approximately 75 foster care leaders and policymakers from the State Capitol, non-profits and foster care youth participating in CYC’s shadow day.   
  • Why:  The screening created an engaged dialogue between youth and lawmakers, around need for systems change and drove support for key legislation such as Stone’s bill, A.B. 403, which will reform congregate care to ensure more children grow up in families, not institutions. 
  • Highlights:
    • After the screening Assemblyman Stone was deeply moved by the film, engaged with the foster care youth at the end of the event, and is now working to screen the film in his district. 
    • Senator Beall made passionate opening remarks saying he believes the film is “going to make a difference”. 
    • Karen Grace-Kaho, St. of CA Foster Care Ombudsman said “the film is so impactful, I’m going to screen it everywhere."
    • Strong engagement with the film from foster care youth in audience, frequently eliciting cheers, applause, and very poignant questions during the Q.A. 
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commented 2016-04-04 21:47:20 -0400 · Flag
This movie impacted me beyond words. My name is Julia and I am 17, fixing to turn 18 next Monday. I live in Mississippi and I have been in the system since 2007. Megan’s story related most to mine, because I ended up in RTC and spent 17 months in 3 different ones. I had a sister that actually go to stay with my grandma, I was abused in every way known to man. Both my mother and father did drugs. I molested by 6 different people and I struggle with it daily. I have a great head on my shoulders and this movie actually shows me that no matter what, we can do anything we set our minds to. That it’s not about the past, its about how we live in the future. Thank you so much for making this movie, it truly was an inspiration!!