“It happens, but not very often—a movie that shows you something you might never have known about, that opens up a pocket of human experience in a way that’s moving and illuminating.”
(Q&A with the filmmaker after the screening)
Based on a true story, “Mills” is an abused 12-year-old graffiti addict who is losing faith in integrity. Tim Moellering is a humble middle-school teacher and football coach in Berkeley who believes that there is no such thing as a bad kid, only a bad situation. The two form an uneasy friendship when Tim recognizes that Mills’ unhealthy behavior is merely a cry for help. Keeping his promise, Tim is willing to sacrifice his reputation, job and relationships in order to win the child’s trust. But Mills cannot trust until he learns to trust his struggle first.
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