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To a Safer Place ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB527272
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Gerry Rogers, Beverly Shaffer, Kathleen Shannon, Barbara Janes, Ginny Stikeman, Rina Fraticelli
Directors:  Beverly Shaffer
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Abuse, Civics, Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, Early Childhood Education, Family Studies/Home Economics, Health and Medicine, Psychology, Violence, Women's Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1987
Running Time:  58m 13s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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This inspiring film is the story of how one woman has come to terms with her life as a survivor of incest. Sexually abused by her father from infancy to early adolescence, Shirley Turcotte is now in her thirties and has succeeded in building a rich and full life. In To a Safer Place, Shirley takes a further step to reconcile her past and present. The film accompanies her as she returns to the people and places of her childhood. Her mother, brothers and sister, all of whom were also caught up in the cycle of family violence, openly share their thoughts. Their frank disclosures will encourage survivors of incest to break through the silence and betrayal to recover and develop a sense of self-worth and dignity.



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