The acclaimed documentary Paper Tigers will be given a special showing at the Kiggins Theatre at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17. The film—which has been praised by audiences and critics at the Seattle International Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, and Milwaukee Film Festival, as well as at limited-release local showings across the country—follows students for an academic year at Lincoln High School, an alternative high school in Walla Walla that has radically changed its approach to discipline, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that plague a sizeable portion of American society.
Paper Tigers, directed by HBO documentary filmmaker James Redford, takes an intimate look at several students’ lives and how they’ve changed their self-destructive behaviors with the support, understanding, and encouragement of Lincoln High staff and other students. The movie isn’t for younger viewers because some of the material and themes are distressing, but the ultimate message is one of hope: even the hardest-t0-reach kids aren’t lost.
There will be a post-film panel discussion about the issues explored in the movie, and coffee will be provided by the ‘Couve’s very own Paper Tiger Coffee Roasters. Tickets to this special screening are $9 per person and a portion of ticket sales goes directly to the Vancouver Council PTA.