An Unspoken Secret. Silent for Millions. One Reveals the Truth.
“A powerful and stunning documentary that shows just how much children are affected by domestic violence.”
– Sandra Graham-Bermann, Ph.D.,Associate Professor
Department of Psychology & Women’s Studies, University of Michigan
THE CHILDREN NEXT DOOR is a unique, Award-Winning documentary that recounts the fear and pain of domestic violence through the eyes of childhood. The film takes us on a young family’s journey to uncover the truth that lies beneath a recurring cycle of violence and the solutions to end it. In so doing, they discover the path to reaching their full potential.
Raised in Tennessee households fraught with domestic violence, Penny and Brad Waldroup vowed when they fell in love to end the cycle. A ten-year marriage plagued by waves of mounting violence, all in front of their four children, culminated one horrific night.
The film opens five and a half years later as the family continues to struggle with the impact of the violence that shaped their lives. Within three short months, we witness an astonishing turn of events…
Film Screening History
The film has screened at 26 film festivals in the U.S. and abroad, receiving 4 awards, most notably the Special Jury Prize at DOC NYC. Read more about this accolade here.
THE CHILDREN NEXT DOOR is the first documentary of its kind to focus the conversation on the children of domestic violence in such a prominent way and elevate the visibility of this issue to the level it has. The film has been screened by multiple public service, child-welfare, and education organization, nonprofits, and agencies across the nation over the past 2 years, and many more screenings are currently being planned.
Licensing the Film for Screening
The film is currently available for licensing by nonprofit, public, or philanthropic organizations and educational institutions who are concerned with this topic and would like to build awareness – internally or externally within their communities – about CDV and its impact. When you license the film, your film DVD will be accompanied by a free Film In a Box Toolkit, which provides a step-by-step walk-through of how to organize and optimize a screening, as well as an overview of the film, relevant questions to facilitate a successful post-screening discussion, and post-film action steps that anyone can take to be part of the solution. If you have already licensed the film, you may also acquire the passcode to download a copy of the Toolkit HERE by providing your organization’s name and date of purchase. To find out more about licensing the film for private or public screening in your community, organization, educational institution, or classroom, please visit our online store HERE or contact us for further info at email@example.com.
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