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GLEN'S VILLAGE

A 30-minute documentary film focusing on the impact of childhood psychological trauma within America’s public school systems

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Title: GLEN'S VILLAGE

Producer/Director: Dorian Geiger & Paul Jablow

Cast: Glen Casey, Troy Casey, Richard Casey

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 32 min

Glen Casey was born and raised in a world of drugs and violence.  But  with  the  help  of  counselors,  mentors,  teachers  and  most  of  all,  a  mother  who  never  quit  on  him, he is  now  a  University  of  Pennsylvania  sophomore.    “Glen’s Village” immerses viewers in University City and West Philadelphia.  Although only separated by a few blocks, the two neighborhoods are galaxies apart in reality.  From selling crack cocaine on the streets in grade nine to attending an Ivy League school, Glen’s journey is filled with bumps, bruises and redemption. 

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