A new documentary film will be released on Friday, September 27, 2018, that looks at the psychological effects of childhood abuse on children.
The film, Disturbias Children, is the first film by a team of researchers who specialize in childrens trauma and abuse.
The film was produced by the nonprofit Center for Children and Families and is funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Director and co-producer Lauren Foy, a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, and the University at Buffalo, said the film explores the psychological impact of childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence and neglect.
“There is no greater loss of innocence and innocence than to witness the loss of one’s own child,” Foy said.
“The emotional and mental toll of childhood trauma is a constant source of anxiety for many children, and distressing to watch in the midst of such an event,” Foys co-director, Sarah Schoenfeld, said in a press release.
“This is the work of dedicated, brave children, who have survived childhood trauma,” Foyle added.
“We hope that the film will empower survivors of domestic abuse and neglect and their children to recognize their own experiences and their own vulnerability,” Foya said.
The documentary, which will be available on the Web, will explore the effects on children of domestic and sexual abuse.
It will focus on children and young adults, as well as their parents and caregivers, and their peers.
It is part of the MacArthur Foundation-funded project called Disturbics Children.
Schoenfeld and Foy are also co-directing the documentary.
The project will explore topics like the mental health and well-being of children and families.
“Disturbias Kids” will premiere at the annual National Children’s Film Festival on September 26 and will also be shown at the Children’s Museum of Philadelphia, which is part the MacArthur-funded “Children in the Spotlight” project.
The MacArthur Foundation funded the film in part through a grant that supports research on trauma, including research into childhood sexual and physical abuse.