MIT Program in Women’s and Gender Studies in collaboration with Women in Film and Video/New England present a CHICKS MAKE FLICKS film screening…
In 1994 Holly Collins became an international fugitive when she grabbed her three children and went on the run. It all happened because a family court had ignored Holly’s charges, the children’s pleas, Holly’s broken nose, Zackary’s fractured skull, and other medical evidence of domestic violence and had given full custody of Zackary and Jennifer to Holly’s ex-husband. Holly came to believe she and the children had No Way Out But One.
No Way Out But One tells the story of one woman and her family that is emblematic of a larger heartbreaking national scandal. In Child and Family Court systems across the country, those who abuse their children are often awarded custody of them by the very courts charged with protecting them. It is estimated that 58,000 children a year are ordered into unsupervised contact with physically or sexually abusive parents following divorce in the United States.
Though No Way Out But One is the story of one remarkable woman and her extraordinary efforts to protect her children, in far too many ways, Holly’s story is like thousands of others. It is the story of a national scandal, and it exposes a system that is dysfunctional and dangerous and must be radically changed.
Q&A with director to follow
Free & open to the public
*Wheelchair accessibility available through the Infinite Corridor in Building 8 or through the ramp at Building 14.*
Cosponsored by The Technology and Culture Forum’s End Violence group and Violence Prevention and Response (VPR)