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SIMA 2023 SYSTEMIC CHANGE AWARD | SPIRIT AND AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER - Brooklyn Film Festival (World Premiere)Criminalized Survival • Liberation • Grassroots Activism • Generational Trauma • Domestic Violence • Court & Prison System • Post-Traumatic Stress • Gender-Based & Family Violence
Date of Completion: 2021 | Run Time: 91 minutes | Language: English | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript & Study Guide (Available Upon Purchase) | Directors: Natalie Pattillo & Daniel A. Nelson | Producers: Natalie Pattillo & Daniel A. Nelson | Writer: Natalie Pattillo | Director of Photography: Daniel A. Nelson | Cinematographer: Julian Lim | Associate Producer: Julian Lim | Executive Producer: Natalie Schreyer | Editor: Tyler H. Walk | Composer: Osei Essed
AND SO I STAYED is an award-winning documentary about survivors of domestic violence who are unjustly incarcerated for killing their abusers in self-defense. These women paid a steep price with long prison sentences, lost time with loved ones, and painful memories. Formerly incarcerated survivor-advocate Kim Dadou Brown, who met her wife while in prison, is a driving force in the passage of New York’s Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act (DVSJA), a new law meant to prevent survivors from receiving harsh prison sentences for their acts of survival. Nikki Addimando, a mother of two young children, suffered the consequences when a judge didn’t follow the law’s guidelines. Tanisha Davis, a single mother who was ripped away from her son in 2013, is hopeful the new law is her way out of a harsh prison sentence.