Face to Face Explores Innovative Approach to Justice; Special Screening at Riverside Superior Court of Award-Winning Film on March 15th

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As the Southern California court system takes on an austerity squeeze, alternative measures of restorative justice and mediation rise to fill the void. The new film "Face to Face" presented by Film Festival Flix sheds light on this problem-solving platform.

A film like "Face to Face" can shed light on Restorative Justice and Mediations new role in the justice system.

Chapman University School of Law Mediation Clinic will present a special screening of “Face to Face,” an Australian film about restorative justice and alternative dispute resolution starring Matthew Newton and Luke Ford and directed by Michael Rymer. A young man, discharged from his job, assaults his former boss. As an alternative to prison, a mediator works to resolve the conflict between the two men, involving their circle of associates.

Christopher M. Welch, the Director for the Center For Conflict Resolution finds the ideas raised by "Face to Face" will have a particular immediacy and urgency for Southern California residents. The Los Angeles Superior Court has been ordered to “permanently” cut its budget between $55 million and $86 million by June of 2013.

"This trimming is expected to bring the court system to the brink of collapse, with a reduction in the number of functioning courthouses by 75%. Access to justice by citizens will be dangerously impaired, unless alternative measures are employed. That alternative is the growing use of qualified mediators to resolve a variety of legal matters formerly dealt with at great expense in the courts. These mediators may well be essential to the rescue of our local justice system," said Welch.

"Face to Face" is scheduled for DVD release on March 19 in retail stores everywhere. The film screens Friday morning March 15 at 10 a.m. at the RCBA Building (Riverside County Bar Association), in the John Gabbert Gallery on the 3rd floor, 4129 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92501. The film will be introduced by Benjamin Oberman, President/CEO of Film Festival Flix, which has been exhibiting this film throughout the United States on its theatrical platform.

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