Close to Home (2002)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 79 min.  |  
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Vanessa Roth and Alexandra Dickson co-directed this disturbing examination of child sexual abuse. The film tells the story of a half-dozen people who were abused as children. The subjects range from Sheldon Kennedy, a professional hockey player who revealed the actions of a former coach; Jason Jasnos, whose abuser infected him with HIV; and 14-year-old Merrilea, who resides with adoptive parents after her father molested her. The variety of victims reveal that abuse does not depend upon race, gender, or socioeconomic status. Their interviews make up the bulk of this powerful documentary that was screened at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.

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child-abuse, interview, molestation, sexual-abuse, victim