Southern Circuit Film “And So I Stayed”
October 24 @ 12:00 am - October 27 @ 11:30 pmFree
And So I Stayed will be available for viewing online October 24-27, 2021. You must register on this page to view. A registration link will appear when it is available. There will be a recorded Q & A with the filmmaker after the screening.
AND SO I STAYED is an award-winning documentary about survivors of abuse fighting for their lives and spending years behind bars. Consequently this is the story of how the legal system gets domestic violence wrong. It is a moving portrait of Kim, Tanisha, and Nikki, three survivors whose strikingly similar stories are separated by over 30 years. None of them were believed, and each of them was criminalized for fighting back.
AND SO I STAYED is a feature-length documentary about survivors of abuse fighting for their lives and spending years behind bars. Above all, these women paid a steep price with long prison sentences, lost time with loved ones, and painful memories. Activist and formerly incarcerated survivor Kim Dadou Brown, who met her wife while incarcerated, 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 fort heir acts of survival. Likewise, 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.
“And So I Stayed’ examines how the courts treat women who kill their abusers. The movie played a role in one case that resulted in freedom after a conviction.” — The New York Times (published 6/11/21)
“A powerful story.” — Deanna Dewberry, WHEC-NBC Rochester (published 5/10/21)
“[And So I Stayed] pairs the hard data with the real, intimate stories of those who have survived and been incarcerated.” — Abbie Perrault, The Big Bend Sentinel (published 3/31/21)
The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. This screening is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.