Sunday, 24 April 2011

Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story Daniel Birman, Producer/Director

"The greatest surprise to me with this film has been a consistent response from both liberals and conservatives. This was unexpected because social films are often viewed as liberal recitations. We went to great lengths to present the material fairly. As a result, we created a story that resonates regarding a common and non-political problem: a young girl’s very personal and tragic story." Daniel Birman, Producer/Director

In 2004, at the age of 16, Cyntoia Brown was arrested for murder. There was no question that a 43-year-old man was dead and that she killed him. Going beyond the headlines, filmmaker Daniel Birman explores what led this intelligent and articulate young woman to prostitution and murder, and also looks at a juvenile justice system that lacks adequate resources to deal with increasing youth violence.

In today's clip, Cyntoia takes the stand at her murder trial and matter-of-factly describes a life of prostitution and abuse.

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