A project of The Baum Foundation, Room to Breathe is having its World Premier at the Mill Valley Film Festival Thursday, October 11th at 4:15pm in the Sequoia 2 Theater and another screening Sunday, October 14th at 12:15pm in the Throckmorton Theater.
Background: Inner city schools across the nation are in serious trouble. In many cities, about half of high school students drop out, and a similar percentage of teachers leave after just five years in the profession.
Room to Breathe explores one promising solution that has been tested in several dozen public schools – a self-regulatory technique called mindfulness that increases kids’ focus and concentration, self-awareness and impulse control. The film presents a hopeful story of transformation, as students first to learn the technique and eventually use it to take greater control over their lives, decrease stress, and better focus in class and at home.
“Room to Breathe tells the story of a special school community that has the courage to try something positive, enriching and innovative to support their students. The principles learned through the mindfulness sessions – focus, respect, calmness, introspection – will be of great lifelong value to the students and to the teachers and parents who support them.”—Mary Jane Burke, Superintendent of Schools, Marin County.