About the Film

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Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories

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Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories (working title) is a new film by Dan Habib, Filmmaker at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire, and creator of the films Including Samuel and Who Cares About Kelsey? In the film, Jino Medina, Brianna Hammon, Peyton Goddard and Helena Stephenson describe the restraint and seclusion they experienced while students in public schools, and the devastating physical and emotional injuries they suffered as a results.

“I was eight years old when they put me in a room built with a wooden chair bolted to the floor,” Brianna Hammon says in the film. “She locked us in there … I was so traumatized.”

Carolyn Medina and Wil Beaudoin describe how the restraint and seclusion their children endured had an impact on them as parents.

“We learned the hard way and that’s hard to deal with,” Carolyn Medina says, “But we can also improve and correct the problem and hopefully have a better future.”

The documentary was filmed during the 2012 TASH Conference in Long Beach, California, and was produced through a partnership of the National Center on Trauma Informed CareTASH and the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability. Support for this film comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The film (which is 27 minutes long) and corollary materials will be made freely available to the general public through StopHurtingKids.com and other media for a variety of training, professional development and public awareness purposes.

About Filmmaker Dan Habib

Dan-Habib-HeadshotDan Habib (pronounced ‘Habeeb’) is the creator of Including Samuel and Who Cares About Kelsey? Habib is the Filmmaker in Residence at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire.

Habib’s films have been screened at universities, national conferences and independent theatres and have been used a catalyst for inclusive education across the country and internationally. Including Samuel was broadcast nationwide on public television stations in fall 2009 and was nominated for an Emmy in 2010. Including Samuel has also been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Good Morning America” and won the Positive Images in Media award from TASH, an international group committed to the full inclusion of people with disabilities. The DVD is now available with 17 language translations.

Who Cares About Kelsey? was recently featured in Education Week and has been screened at 11 film festivals, winning “Best Feature Film” at the Lights Camera Help Film Festival.

Before joining UNH in April of 2008, Habib was the photography editor of the Concord (NH) Monitor. In 2006 and 2008, he was named the national Photography Editor of the Year and he has been a judge of the Pulitzer Prizes and the Best of Photojournalism. He is a six-time New Hampshire photographer of the year and his freelance work has appeared in Time, Newsweek and The New York Times.

Habib and his wife, Betsy, live in Concord, New Hampshire, with their sons Isaiah, 16, and Samuel, 13.

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