The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District is set to host a free screening of the ZCares documentary film, "Look at Me Now: Stories of Hope" this Wednesday (Sept. 27).
The event is organized by LVJUSD's Livermore Learns parent engagement program in collaboration with ZCares Films, the Pedrozzi Foundation and the Bankhead Theater.
The one-hour documentary follows the journey of four teens who have struggled with mental health challenges. They tell their stories, talk candidly about their challenges and share their journeys to finding hope, according to a statement from the school district.
"Hearing the stories of other young people overcoming mental health challenges can help to break the stigma around mental health and increase awareness of how common mental health challenges are," said Liisa Hanninen-Danner, LVJUSD's wellness coordinator.
A 30-minute post-film panel discussion will follow the screening and include representation from the filmmakers, cast and mental health professionals.
The film – recommended for Tri-Valley teens and their parents – will be shown at the Bankhead at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. According to the theater website, patrons must be in their seats by 6:15 p.m. or their tickets will be distributed to a waiting list.
Guests can also engage in a wellness fair beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Bankhead lobby prior to the start of the film.
The Bankhead Theater is located at 2400 First St. in Livermore.