Virtual Screening of Broken Places on March 21st & Registration for ACEs Connection Members!


Please join us on Thursday, March 21st for a special virtual screening of Broken Places, the latest U.S. documentary on early childhood trauma and resilience. The film will be offered via a private Vimeo link with passcode to all registered members of ACEs Connection, for free, accessible in the United States and internationally.

To register, please visit

The viewing portal for the film will open on Vimeo at 6am EST and close at 11pm EST on March 21st, and the film can be viewed at anytime during that window, from any devise (mobile, desktop, tablet). Please note that your viewing passcode will not extend earlier or later to watch the film.

  • Registration will close March 20th at 12:00 p.m. EST, 9 a.m. PST. Please register in advance. You will then receive the passcode by email to view the film on the morning of March 21st. 
    • NOTE: There will be no option for last-minute registrations, so please register by March 20th (at 12:00 p.m. EST and 9 a.m. PST).  

Thursday, March 21st, at 5 p.m. PST and 8 p.m. EST.

During and after the film, join the virtual conversation by sharing your thoughts or questions about the film using the twitter handle @BrokenPlacesDoc.

Be sure to include the #BrokenPlacesFilm and #ACEsScience hashtags— to receive real-time responses from a panel of early childhood and ACEs experts (more info coming shortly).

This Twitter conversation will help build critical momentum around ACEs awareness and trauma-informed practices. We welcome individuals and initiatives to participate in this chat following the viewing. We need your voice and perspective!


BROKEN PLACES explores why some children seem more severely impacted by early adversity while others appear to thrive.

 By revisiting some of the abused and neglected children profiled decades ago, the film dramatically illustrate how early trauma shaped their lives as adults. BROKEN PLACES interweaves these longitudinal narratives with commentary from a few nationally renowned experts to help viewers better understand the devastating impact of childhood adversity as well as the inspiring characteristics of resilience. 


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To learn more about this documentary, please see the Broken Places website and find this review written by @Laurie Udesky (ACEs Connection Staff). Laurie is an ACEs Connection staff journalist and the Community Manager of  the ACEs in Pediatrics community. 

For information about hosting a film screening to start or grow an ACEs initiatve, please refer to this guide. It will also guide you to where and how to access the films. You can also find a screening guide for Broken Places, here, as well as suggested discussion questions, here

For general information about starting or growing an initiative in your area, please contact one of our Community Facilitators, as follows:

Once again, here is the link to register for this virtual screening: 

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Note: Follow-Up as of 3/18/2019

Dear ACEs Connection Community:
We have lots of registrants for the virtual screening and Twitter chat this week.  We've had a few questions about the registration process and viewing details I'll answer here. 
Q)I've not registered yet, can I still do so?
Yes. Here's the link to register for the virtual screening and more information about the film and the Twitter discussion which will follow. The deadline to register is 12p.m. noon EST on Weds. March 20th. Please plan early as no late registrations will be possible.   
Q)Will I get a reservation confirmation and access to the movie before Thursday, March 21st?
No. Once registered, you will receive only one email on Thursday, March 21st before 6 a.m. and that will provide details for viewing. 

Q)Is a gmail account required to register? Any alternate ways to register for folks who can't use google forms (govt. accounts, etc.?)
A)No, Google Forms take any email so long as that person has registered for a Google Account, which can be established in 1 minute with any email if they don't already have one. Also, the settings of the form have been adjusted now to allow for any email (government or otherwise) to register. If you tried to register and couldn't see the form with a government email, please try again and you should be able to see and fill it out now. Thanks for your patience and persistence with the process.
Q)Can I share my passcode with others so they can watch the film even if they didn't register?
No. This is a special viewing experience offered to ACEs members only. However, you can encourage others to become members and they can register for the virtual screening as long as they do so prior to March 20th at noon.
Q)I can't watch on Thursday. Can I get permission to watch at another time?
No. This is a special opportunity for members for March 21st only. We realize no one time works well for everyone and we are sorry you will miss this event. If you can't make the screening, you can submit a request for a screening in their local community via the contact form on the Broken Places website  or purchase the screening license through the educational distributor, Roco Films, here: 


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Gail Kennedy (ACEs Connection Staff) posted:

And in case you didnt receive it, Dorothy, i sent to your email as well!

Remember the video screening closes at 11pm EST on March 21st

And try and join us for the Live Twitter Chat Thursday, March 21st, at 5 p.m. PST and 8 p.m. EST.



Thank you!!  I received it from you through email.

Dorothy Oppenheiser posted:
Ennis Baker posted:

I registered before deadline but it only asked for name, not email so how will we get viewing link/code?

I also registered before the deadline and have not received a code or email to access the viewing.  If anyone has information please share as I would like to preview this today.

Dear Dorothy:

Please check spam and promo folders if you’ve not already and message me via ACEs Connection if it’s not there.  Cissy 

Ennis Baker posted:

I registered before deadline but it only asked for name, not email so how will we get viewing link/code?

I also registered before the deadline and have not received a code or email to access the viewing.  If anyone has information please share as I would like to preview this today.

Hey, Cis,

First of all, I'm so grateful for the opportunity to view this film, as I've been wanting to see it since I read about it on this site after it came out. This will be the second film (the other was "Resilience") I've been privileged to view through association with ACN. That's worth the price of admission (free!) alone.

Also: the Google doc that the link in the post directs to states in two places that the window for viewing this film is 6am EST to 11am EST, which conflicts with the viewing window that's mentioned in this post, 6am EST to 11pm EST. I suspect the correct timeframe is the one you mention here (I hope so, since I'll be at my job for most of 6AM to 11AM that day), but can you confirm for us? 

Thank you!