HOLD ME RIGHT FILM
Through a handful of intimate first-hand testimonies––ranging from a nurse that performed her own rape kit to a pedophile molested as a child––Hold Me Right follows both survivors and perpetrators through the harrowing journey of speaking up, healing, and moving forward.
In addition to the first-hand testimonies, Hold Me Right integrates animated sequences which display the tumultuous trauma that can exist within. Through unfolding the many different paths people take in attempts to reach healing and justice, these sequences allow the viewer to walk in a survivor's shoes. We follow an animated character along this emotional journey, while seeking help in hospital, reporting the crime to the police, and reactions from their family and coworkers. This film uses both thematic echoes and animation sequences to tie together talking head interviews and verité scenes of our subjects in their daily lives.
The film focuses on the stories of 10 main characters (including the story of the filmmaker herself), interweaving portraits that take us into the lives of both survivors and perpetrators. Hold Me Right is a unique film that exposes the consequences of our misconceptions about these unspeakable crimes while simultaneously providing a way forward.
Despite widening awareness about sexual abuse, many victims still feel shame and fear coming forward. Perpetrators rely on society's enabling of this shame and fear, which ultimately maintains a cycle of sexual abuse in secrecy. Hold Me Right will make people understand and accept that our conceptions about sexual assault are conditioning the aftermath for survivors. Once we create a cultural current that provides support and healing for victims, people will feel more free to speak up.
The film will be part of a nationwide curriculum in educational institutions in order to bring the message to a broader and young audience. There are few platforms in which the topic of sexual assault can be discussed together in the presence of survivors, perpetrators, and their families. Hold Me Right seeks to create that safe platform that will open viewers to difficult truths about a social problem that affects us all.
Hold Me Right offers hope for a way forward. Let’s break the silence.