With a curious and unflinching eye, Wiseman embeds himself in a Florida domestic violence shelter to record its work and the extraordinary transformations it enables.
Focusing on The Spring, the largest domestic violence centre of its kind in the US, located in Tampa, Florida, Domestic Violence
is often wrenching, but one of Wiseman’s most hopeful films. Hope lies in the fact that the women we encounter have sought and found shelter and are in the process of acknowledging and understanding their plight for the first time. The heart of the film is in the extended scenes of group therapy sessions, where one after another, the women unburden themselves with honesty, eloquence and strength. “Perhaps what comes across most vividly is to what extent strength and weakness can co-exist within one person – the former no protection from becoming trapped in an abusive relationship. The strength of these women makes the phenomenon they describe all the more appalling.” – Senses of Cinema
Complement your in-cinema viewing of It Takes Time: Ten Films by Frederick Wiseman with a Wiseman Masterclass
, hosted for a limited time on ACMI’s online platform, Cinema 3.