Paper Tigers


Paper Tigers is being made available as a part of this year’s Masculinity Forum: Improving Outcomes for Young Men and Masculine-Identified Youth in Tucson, which is taking place through zoom on October 25, 26, and 28

All registrants who view the film are invited to attend the following panel discussion on Sunday night October 25, from 7pm – 8:30pm: Masculinity & Trauma with Ashanti Branch: Trauma-Informed Approaches to Gender Justice.

Paper Tigers is an intimate look into the lives of selected students at Lincoln High School, an alternative school that specializes in educating traumatized youth. Set amidst the rural community of Walla Walla, WA, the film intimately examines the inspiring promise of Trauma Informed Communities – a movement that is showing great promise in healing youth struggling with the dark legacy of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES).

Every year, millions of unloved and traumatized youth enter adulthood with damaged brains and hearts. They are highly predisposed to die from self-destructive behaviors, and highly likely to continue the cycle of abuse. Even those who do not engage in self destructive behaviors are highly predisposed to get cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, and immune disorders. But there is hope. Simply put, it is cheaper to heal than to punish. Paper Tigers takes a look at what is possible. (Dir. by James Redford, 102 mins, 2015, USA, Not Rated)

Space is limited and registration is required. In order to register for the film, or to learn more about the Masculinity Forum, visit:
You must register by October 22nd at 5pm in order to receive access to the film. Registrants will receive links to screen the documentary and it will be available from October 23 – 25.
The Masculinity Forum is presented in partnership with Boys to Men Tucson, the Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, Healthy Pima, The University of Arizona’s Consortium on Gender-Based Violence, the Southwest Institute for Research on Women, The David and Lura Lovell Foundation, and The Loft Cinema.