Private Violence

Private ViolenceCynthia Hill: Private Violence is Cynthia Hill’s fourth film. Her producer/director credits include Tobacco Money Feeds My Family, The Guestworker, February One, and A Chef’s Life. The subjects of her work include tobacco farming, Latino migrant labor, and Southern foodways, and challenge dominant narratives about the rural South. Hill’s work has appeared on PBS and the Sundance Channel. She is the co-founder of the Southern Documentary Fund. Hill is from Pink Hill, NC and resides in Durham.

Kit Gruelle: Kit Gruelle is a survivor of domestic violence and has worked as a battered women’s advocate and community educator for over 25 years. She is dedicated to challenging the stereotypes and prevailing belief systems about violence against women and children and the prevalence of out-of-date responses that do little to change the fundamental dynamics of domestic violence.

Private Violence is a feature-length documentary film and audience engagement campaign that explores a simple, but deeply disturbing fact of American life: the most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home. Every day in the US, at least four women are murdered by abusive (and often ex) partners. The knee-jerk response is to ask, “Why doesn’t she just leave?” Private Violence shatters the brutality of this logic. Through the eyes of two survivors, we bear witness to the complicated and complex realities of intimate partner violence.  As a victim transforms to survivor, Private Violence begins to shape powerful new questions that hold the potential to change our society: “Why does he abuse?”, “Why do we turn away?”, and “How do we begin to build a future without domestic violence?”

February 12, 2015 Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, Madison, GA
February 13, 2015 City of Hapeville, Hapeville, GA
February 14, 2015 The Tennessee Valley Art Association/Ritz Theatre, Sheffield, AL
February 17, 2015 Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
February 19, 2015 Robinson Film Center, Shreveport, LA
February 20, 2015 Union College, Barbourville, KY