Tibet: The Story of Florida's First Courthouse Facility Dog
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 10:00AM-12:15PM
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Director: Joshua Santos
Category: Documentary Short
Runtime: 13
Place of Origin: Tampa, FL
Shooting Locations: Tampa, FL

Synopsis: (Documentary) Tibet was purpose bred by Canine Companions for Independence. Tibet's training started in infancy with intentional and strategic early life experiences to prepare her for life as a working assistance dog. Tibet received two years of training passed a nationally standardized training and certification program. She is a true courthouse facility dog. Since beginning work in February 2014, Tibet has assisted in courtroom testimony, forensic interviews, depositions, forensic medical exams, sexual assault exams and human trafficking cases. She helps to calm traumatized children, so they can find their voice and share what happened to them. Brenda Kocher is a trained Guardian ad Litem volunteer and Tibet's full time handler. Brenda is one of 4 handlers, in the country, who do this program as a volunteer! It is her desire to provide the safest and highest level of care to the vulnerable child victims of abuse, abandonment and neglect.

Cast: Tibet & Brenda Kocher

Crew: Producers: Eric Polins; Ian Foe - Camera

Production Background & Fun Facts: Film was shot on location at the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Hillsborough County in Downtown Tampa. The film inspired the Yale Alumni Group to open a trauma sensitive room at the Downtown Tampa Guardian ad Litem office.

Festivals & Accolades: Gasparilla International Film Fest 2017

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