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Screening of FREE, 4 - 15 March 2019 at Limerick City Gallery of Art
As a result of our film’s successful official launch night in November 2018 we have secured a second screening in Limerick City Gallery of Art which begins on the 4th of March and runs until the 15th of March, which includes International Women's Day on the 8th of March. The film will be played in the LCGA Hub, to allow people experience the film as many times as they like. The song 'Through a Child's Eye's' which was written especially for the film by Graham Mills a talented Irish song writer and performed beautifully by his daughter Zita Mills will be separately available to listen to. There is an official information night on the 7th of March from 6 - 7.30pm where we will have a representative from Adapt speaking about supports and services available, a testimony from a survivor of domestic abuse and a representative from the group discussing the background of the film and other new exciting upcoming projects.
The Road to Recovery consists of a small core group of women based in Limerick city who avail of services provided by Adapt Domestic Abuse Services Limerick. Our past abusive relationships have created a bond between us which is helping to motivate us to spread awareness and hope on domestic abuse and its related issues. The Road to Recovery group wrote, produced and shot a short film called Free in 2018 which was officially launched on the 25th of November 2018 in The Life Centre, Henry St. Limerick. This short film is set in the 1930's and 1950's and sends a powerful yet subtle message that people can break free from the cycle of domestic abuse. The Road to Recovery group is supported by Adapt and Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board. We wanted to show that with the right supports available anyone has the possibility to break ‘free’ from an abusive relationship.
Promotion & upcoming projects
We created a Indiegogo fundraising page to coincide with the official launch of the second screening of Free. This page was launched to raise funds to enter as many local, national and international short film festivals that are appropriate to our subject content so that we can spread our message of hope and the possibility of breaking ‘free’ from abusive relationships to as many people as possible. http://bit.ly/Freefilm
Secondly, we have been asked to create a stage drama about domestic abuse which we are now in the process of writing a script for. This will act as a supportive piece to our film and will be in rehearsal alongside the ongoing promotion of the film on the short film festival circuit. No venues have been confirmed for our play as of yet, but we hope to be finished the script in the coming weeks.
Domestic abuse takes a number of forms: physical, verbal, emotional, psychological, financial and sexual. These forms of abuse can range from subtle, coercive forms to rape and violent physical abuse. As a group, we made the conscious decision not to show any physical violence in the film. Instead, we wanted to enable the audience to experience the subtlety of some of the forms of domestic abuse identified above and the devastating affects domestic abuse can have not only on the person being abused, but also on the children living in these unhealthy environments. As survivors of domestic abuse, it was important for us to portray how lonely and helpless a person can feel in an abusive relationship. Our aim is to give people hope and the possibility that they can leave an abusive relationship with the appropriate help and support. We ourselves, as survivors, are on the road to recovery. It was a long journey that we are still on, but we want to show others that you can make it, and that you can get your life back and change it for the better.
We would sincerely appreciate it if our event and upcoming projects were supported and promoted by your organisation. As survivors, this project has been a labour of love for us, helping us on our way to recovery and allowing us to send a message of hope and the possibility of being ‘free’ to others to help break the silence that surrounds domestic abuse