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And So I Stayed is an award-winning documentary about survivors of domestic abuse fighting for their lives and spending years behind bars. The film follows three women whose strikingly similar stories are separated by over 30 years. Formerly incarcerated survivor-advocate Kim Dadou Brown is a driving force in the passage of New York’s Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act (DVSJA), a new law meant to prevent survivors from receiving harsh prison sentences for their acts of survival. Nikki Addimando, a mother of two young children, suffered the consequences when a judge didn’t follow the law’s guidelines. Tanisha Davis, a single mother who was ripped away from her son in 2013, is hopeful the new law is her way out of a harsh prison sentence. These women paid a steep price with long prison sentences, lost time with loved ones, and painful memories.
Screens in partnership with Hour Children. Hour Children is a leading provider of services to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women in New York State. Focused on women and their children, we support families during a mother’s incarceration and help families get back on their feet upon release.