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To a Safer Place

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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.

1987, 58 min 20 s

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Certificate of Merit "Summa cum laude"
Medikinale / International Medical and Scientific Film Festival - Prix Leonardo
November 14 to 19 1989, Parma - Italy

Crystal Apple Award
National Educational Media Network Competition
May 17 to 21 1989, Oakland - USA

Gold Award - Category: Theatrical Feature Film / Documentary
International Film and Video Festival
April 21 to 20 1989, Houston - USA

Chris Award - Category: Health and Medicine / Rape/Sexual Abuse
International Film and Video Festival
October 26 to 28 1988, Columbus - USA

First Place - Gold Award - Category: Family Dynamics
John Muir Medical Film Festival
June 18 to 25 1988, Walnut Creek - USA

Blue Ribbon Award - Category: Family Relations
Itinerant - American Film and Video Festival
May 23 to 28 1988, New York - USA

1988 Emily Award
Itinerant - American Film and Video Festival
May 23 to 28 1988, New York - USA

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