Department of Peace and Conflict Studies

School of Health and Human Sciences

Concrete, Steel, and Paint Film

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When men in a Pennsylvania state prison join with victims of crime to create a mural about healing, their views on punishment, remorse, and forgiveness collide. Finding consensus is not easy – but as the participants move through the creative process, mistrust gives way to surprising moments of human contact and common purpose.
The documentary film captures this complex story, raising important questions about crime, justice and reconciliation–and dramatically illustrates how art can facilitate dialogue about difficult issues.
Monday, May 5
Location: Stone 186
“An extraordinary film, and journey of transformation”
Huffington Post
Facilitating the discussion after the film, Amy Knorr and Sarah Roth Shank, bring years of experience working in restorative justice practices, and more recently, related to this film.

Amy Knorr

Amy Knorr has worked in over 15 countries in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. A specialist in international peacebuilding, she has worked for Catholic Relief Services, World Vision, UNDP/DDR and Concern Worldwide. Areas of special interest include conflict sensitive development, civil society strengthening, advocacy, multi-level dialogue processes and training in peacebuilding. She is currently the Practice Coordinator at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University.

sarah rothshank

Sarah Rothshank is a graduate student at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University with a concentration in Restorative Justice.  She is currently a second-year student, completing her degree requirements through a practicum experience training in victim outreach work.  Sarah served as a Graduate Assistant at CJP and was a member of a facilitation team that designed discussions for screenings of the documentary Concrete, Steel and Paint.

To read more about how the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies is engaging with restorative practices, read here