HOME TRUTH

A Film by Katia Maguire and April Hayes

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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER:

"a harrowing and deeply moving portrait," and "an inherently powerful story that’s well told in this absorbing film that benefits greatly from the constant presence of its compelling and sympathetic central figure. Despite the severe emotional pain caused by reliving the tragic events over and over, Jessica became an important voice for domestic violence sufferers. Her inspiring indomitability and courage make Home Truth essential viewing."

THE CRITERION COLLECTION'S CriterionCast:

"a haunting journey," "a powerful and devastating look at domestic violence and the importance of restraining orders," "[a] split between broad sociological import and profoundly personal familial bonds"

BBC WORLD NEWS "TALKING MOVIES":

"an intimate portrait of one family's tragedy, and a mother's determination to make sure others don't meet with a similar fate"

MOTHER JONES MAGAZINE:

"The first 20 minutes of Home Truth, a documentary premiering at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival on Sunday in New York, are difficult viewing. Filmed over nine years, the film follows Lenahan, the first domestic violence survivor to successfully sue the United States for violating her human rights. After more than a decade of legal battles, Lenahan’s case has changed federal policies concerning domestic violence victims in ways that are still in effect today."

WBAI 99.5 PACIFICA RADIO, "THE MORNING SHOW":

"It's a very powerful story...and it's just such an enormous issue. Not only is it often that the victims are too ashamed to get the help that they need but they're afraid to call the police, and then the police may or may not be very helpful to them."

INDIEWIRE'S WOMEN AND HOLLYWOOD:

Human Rights Watch FF 2017 Women Directors: Meet Katia Maguire and April Hayes — “Home Truth”

GIRLTALK HQ: 

"‘Home Truth’ can shed light not just on the failings of the justice system and law enforcement, but on the complexities about the issue of domestic violence that are not being addressed in order to see laws that properly serve victims and survivors."

iHeartRADIO, "SONSTEIN SESSIONS":

"This documentary is an intimate look at how a family torn apart through the worst possible circumstances along with the human spirit to go on."