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Child Abuse Survival Documentary Premieres in Manchester

September 14, 2007

Manchester, NH – A new film premiering in Manchester tomorrow is aimed at combating childhood abuse. "Common Threads – Stories of Life After Trauma" is based on the book by New Hampshire therapists Connie Robillard and Marcel Duclos. It deals with the subjects of healing, overcoming obstacles, and understanding the long-term effects of abuse. First-time director Amber Ward says her goal was to help survivors of abuse take their own first steps toward recovery.

"If somebody watches it and goes, 'Okay, maybe now I can tell my mother or my brother, my husband or one person or ten people,' I wanted just to relieve them of that burden."

Ward says the authors originally proposed a training film, but the project soon became a documentary that also reached out to survivors.

"When Connie approached me and wanted to do something a little bit more educational, I thought taking it to another level, a personal level, would reach more people."

The film premieres at Robert Frost Hall on the Southern New Hampshire University campus on Saturday at 7:00 PM. The filmmakers and authors will be in attendance.



John Robinson/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - NH