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Home Truth
A film by April Hayes and Katia Maguire
US, 2018, 72 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W191233

Filmed over the course of nine years, HOME TRUTH chronicles one family’s pursuit of justice, shedding light on how our society responds to domestic violence and how the trauma from domestic violence tragedies can linger throughout generations.

In 1999, Colorado mother Jessica Gonzales experiences every parent’s worst nightmare when her three young daughters are killed after being abducted by their father in violation of a domestic violence restraining order. Devastated, Jessica sues her local police department for failing to adequately enforce her restraining order despite her repeated calls for help that night. Determined to make sure her daughters did not die in vain, Jessica pursues her case to the US Supreme Court and an international human rights tribunal, seeking to strengthen legal rights for domestic violence victims. As Jessica’s pursuit of justice becomes her driving force, left behind is her only living child, her son Jessie, who struggles with the tragedy in his own way. When her legal journey finally achieves widespread national change and she becomes an acclaimed activist, Jessica struggles to put her life and relationships back together.

This film is available for pre-order, email orders@wmm.com.


  • Human Rights Watch Film Festival
  • Raindance Film Festival
  • Heartland Film Festival
  • Denver Film Festival
  • Fairhope Film Festival
  • Omaha Film Festival
  • Festival of Tolerance

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    "A harrowing and deeply moving portrait of a woman determined not to let her children’s deaths be in vain. Despite the severe emotional pain caused by reliving the tragic events over and over, Jessica became an important voice for domestic violence sufferers. Her inspiring indomitability and courage make HOME TRUTH essential viewing."
    The Hollywood Reporter

    "At a time when domestic violence shows no signs of abating, and a nominee for the Supreme Court is being considered, this is essential viewing."
    Boston Globe

    "Home Truth is a powerful and devastating look at domestic violence and the importance of restraining orders. A genuine highlight of this year’s HRWFF."
    Criterion Cast

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