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PBS Short Film Festival

The Children of Central City

PBS Short Film Festival

The Children of Central City

18m 26s

The film provides an in-depth look at the impact of growing up surrounded by violence in one of New Orleans' most crime-riddled neighborhoods. The film takes you to the playing field, the classrooms, players’ homes and the offices of the social workers whose attempts to treat the children's post-traumatic stress are repeatedly thwarted by state budget cuts to mental healthcare.

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10m 15s

Preston's Gone

Preston Thornton, an Army veteran, was experiencing paranoid delusions at his home. After calling the Veteran’s Crisis line, deputies arrived to transport Preston to a hospital, and tragedy followed. The film asks how a veteran ended up dead and what could have been done to prevent his death. The answers lead to broken mental health care system that’s failing Louisiana’s most vulnerable residents.

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