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Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go
A film by Kim Longinotto
UK, 2007, 100 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W09936
Harrowing at one moment and heartwarming the next, HOLD ME TIGHT, LET ME GO is set at England’s Mulberry Bush School, founded by Barbara Dockar-Drysdale who developed unique methods for working with children suffering through severe emotional trauma.

“Longinotto, director of award-winning SISTERS IN LAW, spent a year filming these children, who are prone to sudden, violent outbursts, and their teachers, who display enormous restraint and sensitivity. The children’s problems are real, deep and stubborn — but the long arc of recovery is clear, with hope for these troubled children just over the horizon. Over the course of 30 years, Longinotto has established herself as one of the most prolific and perceptive practitioners of cinema verité. Here, she and her steady, unobtrusive camera capture an intimate and unforgettable tale of the human capacity to hurt and to heal.” – Jason Silverman, True/False Film Festival


Int'l Doc Film Festival Amersterdam, Special Jury Prize
Britdoc, Best British Feature Documentary
Britspotting, Berlin, Best Documentary
Birds Eye View, Best Documentary

  • Hot Docs, Canadian Int'l Film Festival
  • London Film Festival
  • Seattle Int'l Film Festival
  • Bermuda Int'l Film Festival
  • Los Angeles Film Festival
  • Sheffield Film Festival
  • Atlantic Film Festival
  • True/ False Film Festival
  • Margaret Mead Film Festival
  • Frames of Mind Film Festival
  • Watch Docs Human Rights Film Festival

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    “**** Harrowing… an honest and heartfelt look into the issues that colour the lives of those that call this place home”
    Carrie Bailey
    Epoch Times

    “Remarkable … shot with clarity and human kindness.”
    Jason Solomons
    The Observer

    “Moving and rewarding…sensitively filmed…shows [Longinotto’s] skill at capturing the humanity of people and situations in an extremely accessible manner”
    Paul Griffiths
    Eye for Film

    "Disturbing, deeply moving and even at times, darkly comic …a very strong piece of work”
    David Jenkins
    Time Out London

    “***** (Five stars) Brave…Wonderful…Go see this film.”
    Peter Wintonick
    POV Magazine

    “The Mulberry Bush School does quite simply, extraordinary work. It is a unique school, a unique opportunity, a unique vision.”
    Joanna Trollope

    "Mixing ferocity with tenderness, delicacy with tenacity ... a docu of uncompromised integrity and edge-of-the seat drama"
    John Anderson

    “Observational non-fiction at its most invigorating.”
    Michael Tully
    Hammer to Nail

    “Profoundly moving.”
    Ben Tanzer
    Prevent Child Abuse America

    “Worthwhile… offers a clear-eyed look at what it takes to help emotionally abused kids get back on track.”
    Rob Owen
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    “Disturbing but always captivating, deeply-moving, and very well-done overall…. Highly recommended for all libraries, especially those supporting education, social work, and child psychology programs.”
    Justice Cronise, SUNY Buffalo
    Educational Media Reviews Online

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