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Freedom to Dream

Like so many other young people coping with adverse childhood experiences (ACES), high school student Macalah is struggling to take care of herself while also taking care of her mom and two younger brothers. With the help of her pediatrician, she learns how to change her response to trauma and develop the freedom to dream.
"I'm really strong...I somehow make it through everything." Macalah, Freedom to Dream

Film Credits

Director
  • Dawn Porter
Producer
  • Robyn Kopp

Summary

One high school student is carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders. Faced with family illness and money challenges, she struggles to find balance between being a child and taking care of her mother and siblings. With the help of her pediatrician who helps her build resilience in the face of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), she learns she can change her response to trauma and develop the freedom to dream.