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The Healing Years

  • 52 mins
  • 98%
  • 17+
  • United States of America FlagUSUnited States of America
  • 2001
  • Documentaries

"This document does the most difficult, almost impossible feat; it admits the sick and cruel past. In doing so, it becomes therapy for a healthful future. This is an exhibition of abundant courage and great heart.--Maya Angelou. Featured, former Miss America, Marilyn Van Derbur and her nationwide work as survivor activist; Janice Mirikitani, President of San Francisco's renowned Glide Memorial Church as she helps inner-city women alcoholics and addicts (90% in recovery were sexually abused as children) transform the cycle of incest and addiction; and Barbara Hamilton, a 79-year old survivor ending three generations of incest in her family. Artfully produced, "The Healing Years" illustrates these poignant and powerful stories through interviews, intimate moments with supportive family members, home movies, counseling groups and footage of their work as activists. "This powerhouse of a film profiles three strong, vibrant survivors who convincingly tell us that we must take back our lives.