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  • Writer's pictureAnnelisa MacBean

Step Inside the Circle

On February 12, 2020, 23 Crew Members, including Academy-Award nominated Director of Photography Rodrigo Prieto and Grammy-Award winning producer Fritzi Horstman, began filming the documentary “Step Inside the Circle.”

Filmed at a maximum security prison in Lancaster, California, the focus of the day was prison reform: filming the Compassion Trauma Circle where 235 incarcerated men stepped inside the circle for each traumatic event they experience in their childhood.

If you study prison populations as I have, you see a common preponderance of childhood trauma and mental illness. The two go together.   So a lot of the people are being punished for being mentally ill and they are mentally ill because they were traumatized as kids.  So what we have in [prisons] are the most traumatized people in our society.                                                                                                                                                                     

- Dr. Gabor Mate

If there is no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

- Mother Teresa

Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.

- Pema Chodron

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