Award Winning Documentary

The Children Next Door

Our award-winning documentary THE CHILDREN NEXT DOOR is the first film to look at domestic violence from the perspective of childhood. It 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.


The film was screened at 26 leading film festivals and received multiple awards.



Accompanying Discussion Guide

The film comes accompanied by a detailed Discussion Guide, which provides a step-by-step walkthrough of how to organize and host a successful screening and post-screening discussion within the context of 1-1.5 hours.



Doug Block’s searing short…attains a level of pathos as deep as any feature-length documentary. – Anthony Kaufman, Sundance NOW BLOG

It’s a masterpiece – smart, tough, fearless, miraculously compact. – David Schrader, Seattle’s The Stranger

Critic’s Score: A – “Heartbreaking and cathartic…By putting a very human face to a widespread epidemic, Block and ‘The Children Next Door’ both humanize and celebrate the children who survive horrific family tragedies.” – Mark Peikert, BACKSTAGE

The Children Next Door is a powerful and stunning documentary that shows us just how much children are affected by family violence.  Sandra Graham-Bermann, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology & Women’s Studies University of Michigan

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To license THE CHILDREN NEXT DOOR for public screening, please read below before clicking on License the Film.

The film is currently available under restricted use for organizational or institutional screening only. This special version – which includes the Film In a Box Toolkit – was designed for institutional licensing/purchase for nonprofits, institutions, educational establishments, and public agencies whose work would benefit from this film to use for public or private screenings. The license provides the ability for unrestricted screenings to constituents or in community-wide settings. The DVD is an extended edition that includes extra content featured before and after the film footage to provide additional context for the screening and discussion.

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