Breaking Silence

Surviving incest and child sexual abuse
Year Released
Film Length(s)
58 mins


Breaking Silence is the definitive film on incest and child sexual abuse.

Featured review

Powerful, informative, honest, courageous, well-made and very moving.
Diana Russell
Professor of Sociology, Mills College


Personal stories told by survivors and their families, woven with telling drawings by abused children, give viewers a realistic understanding of how incest destroys trust and bonding, and limits the lives of its victims. Breaking Silence celebrates survivors who are finding the courage to “break silence” and regain their lives. Translated in 10 languages by educational institutions internationally.


This film speaks to the heavy burden incest places on the child to struggle to be free. It celebrates the courage of that struggle so vividly. Viewing it strengthens our alliance with all children everywhere.
Alice Walker
Alice Walker
The program is one of the best we have on the subject.
The New York Times
The New York Times

Awards and Screenings

Blue Ribbon, American Film Festival
Bronze Hugo, Chicago International Film Festival
Silver Certificate, John Muir Film Festival
Special Jury Award, Hemisfilm International Film Festival
Honorable Mention, National Educational Film Festival
PBS Broadcast
Premiere, San Francisco Int’l. Film Festival
Sundance Film Festival, Side Bar

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