Awareness | Posted by Julie Z on 08/1/2009

Searching for Angela Shelton

So, I'm going on a road trip this weekend. While this does mean my Mom will let me eat whatever junk food I want (a rarity in our whole-wheat, non-fat household) and we will listen to trashy and insulting books on tape ("two sexy, young women in the big, bad city try to find love...") it also means I will have zero access to the internet. So, to tide you over for the weekend here is a really great documentary for your viewing pleasure. My pick: Searching for Angela Shelton. "In the uplifting and multiple award-winning documentary, Searching for Angela Shelton, filmmaker Angela Shelton drives around the United States surveying other Angela Sheltons. She discovers that 24 out of the 40 Angela Sheltons she speaks to are survivors of rape, childhood sexual abuse and/or domestic violence. (The number jumped to 28 out of 40 when 4 more Angelas broke their silence after the movie was completed). On her journey the filmmaker meets an Angela Shelton who tracks sexual predators and lives in the same town as the filmmaker's father, who sexually abused her and her siblings for years. Angela Shelton's survey of women becomes a journey of self discovery during which she decides to finally confront her own past and her abusive father - on Father's Day. The Angela Sheltons complete the journey by teaching the filmmaker about healing, faith and the power of the human spirit, no matter what your name is. " It's a really great film. If you like it, please consider buying a copy here to support Angela and her work. Also, Snagfilms, the website the documentary is listed at, is worth checking out. They have a ton of documentaries you can view for free, and have a whole section on documentaries about women's issues. Searching for Angela Shelton Crisis Support Hotline Numbers

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