The Restorative Justice Project invites community members to attend the showing of the 1962 English film “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner” Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 35 Miller St. Snacks will be served.

The post-film discussion will explore the many faces of justice while considering such themes of insider vs. outsider. Discussion will be facilitated by Ron Staschak, Restorative Justice mentor and creator of a film series for Maine Coast Reentry Center; and Dana Rae Warren, a filmmaker and teacher with 20 years in national television documentary and independent films worldwide.

The movie, based on the story written by Allan Sillitoe, features Colin Smith (Tom Courtenay), a cynical young man determined to fight the system at every turn. With no interest in school or in the factory job awaiting him, he turns to a life of petty crime alongside his friend Mike. A botched robbery lands the two in reform school where a school official sees Colin's hidden talent. Conflicted and bitter, Colin must decide whether to nurture his ability as a runner or once again rebel against authority.

RJP was founded in 2005, is based in Belfast and serves the four counties within Prosecutorial District Six — Waldo, Knox, Sagadahoc and Lincoln. Through programs that encompass the spectrum of need from prevention, to intervention to reintegration, RJP provides services to schools, juvenile court and the Maine Coastal Regional Re-entry Center in Belfast. RJP’s goal is to help offenders take accountability and to provide support and healing for the victim, building community connections to bring justice to all. The work of RJP has resulted in significantly decreased recidivism, healing of victims, and transformed lives.

For more information, contact the RJP office at 338-2742, or visit

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