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Catalogue Number:  NFB523688
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Silva Basmajian, John Spotton
Directors:  Ariadna Ochrymovych
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, Social Issues, Violence, Women's Studies
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1988
Running Time:  29m 53s


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This compelling documentary examines the economic realities of women's lives after marriage breakdown. After years of being battered, Joan Thompson leaves her abusive husband and tries to make a new life for herself. Through her story, we experience one woman's day-to-day struggle for economic and psychological survival. Her story is amplified by the women in her support group who contribute their own experiences as wives and single mothers. The film highlights the need for sweeping changes in our laws and social institutions if women are to exercise a choice over the shape of their future.

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