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Award-winning film from 2013 Slamdance Film Festival shown in CASA fundraiser


Court Appointed Special Advocates of Lexington will host a showing of the award-winning film My Name Is Faith at the Lyric Theatre on June 27 to be attended by its producer and director.
 
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This movie received the Audience Award for the Best Documentary Feature at the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival. It was also an official selection at three other prestigious film festivals including the LA Indie Festival. The producer/director of the film and Faith’s mother, Tiffany Junker, will attend the showing in Lexington.
 
In the U.S. it is estimated five children a day die from neglect. But what about those who endure neglect and survive? This documentary follows Faith, a 13-year-old girl who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Reactive Attachment Disorder as she heals from the trauma inflicted by her birth mother’s drug-addicted lifestyle.
 
“Kids who are hurt have to learn how to trust and how to be vulnerable, I’m still working on it and it’s hard but it’s achievable, if I can do it, you can too,” said Faith in her letter on what she wants to accomplish with this film.
 
In 2012, local CASA volunteers gave 143 children a voice in court, a cause, CASA says, for celebration. The organization reports there are 1,140 more children in Lexington who are in need of help and who represent only the most severe documented cases.
 
“Just because a child has a past doesn’t mean they are broken forever. They can heal from it,” said Beth Thomas, a former child trauma victim.
 
A reception and two movie tickets are available for a donation of $100 and single movie tickets for $15. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the CASA of Lexington office at 859-246-4313 or through the Lyric Theatre box office.
 
The reception will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. movie showing and Q&A session with Tiffany Junker. The Lyric Theatre is located at 300 East 3rd Street in Lexington.
 
For more information on the documentary and to watch a trailer click here.
 
From CASA


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