A FIlm By Claudio Bozzatello
The documentary opens with images of people we cross paths with in the street each
day and scenes of daily life filmed in the city. Yet this apparent tranquility in the images
is immediately put into perspective by the words that accompany them: a police officer
reads out a report in which a woman reports the abuse suffered at the hands of her
husband. The combination of the narrating voice and the images shown reveals the
dramatic reality of domestic violence, a silent tragedy that is swept under the carpet,
often concealed by the conventional nature of a family life.
The reading of the report continues throughout the course of the documentary,
accompanying the spectator through the life of a woman that is a victim of abuse, in
the episodes she has suffered and the difficulties encountered. It provides a framework
of suffering which slips into various points of the documentary, marking out the various
issues that are tackled.
Alongside the voice of the public official, at various points voices of other women, other
victims, will be heard at different points. These will be professional actresses that are
well-known to TV and cinema audiences, and will read their stories and give a voice to
their tales. This will serve to indicate a common awareness of a problem that is
mistakenly felt not to be a part of our lives and the people we know.
Within the framework presented, interviews will be used to cover the various topics
linked to domestic violence. Social workers that handle these problems will take part in
this process (staff and educators working in assistance communities), medical staff (in
particular staff at the SVD or Domestic Violence Helpdesk of the Mangiagalli Hospital in
Milan, psychotherapists and experts in the relationship dynamics of couples. The legal
issues will also be investigated thanks to the contributions provided by members of the
police, public prosecutors, solicitors for the plaintiffs and magistrates.
The documentary ends up with a “live” account of Renay West: a woman who has managed in years to overcome the trauma of violence she and her mother had to suffer from her father, a Pastor. Trough her words Renay conveys the passionate flux of emotions involved in her stubborn struggle for freedom.
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