Home Truth

The Jessica Gonzales Story

A film by April Hayes and Katia Maguire

US | 2018 | 72 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. 191233

The Jessica Gonzales Story. In the wake of her daughters’ murders, a mother takes a historic lawsuit about police non-enforcement of restraining orders to the Supreme Court.


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 experienced every parent’s worst nightmare when her three young daughters were killed after being abducted by their father in violation of a domestic violence restraining order. Devastated, Jessica sued 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 pursued her case to the US Supreme Court and an international human rights tribunal, seeking to strengthen legal rights for domestic violence victims. When her legal journey finally achieved widespread national change and she became an acclaimed activist, Jessica struggled to put her life and relationships back together.


"A deeply moving portrait of a woman determined not to let her children's deaths be in vain. 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


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


April Hayes

April Hayes is a New York-based documentary director, producer, cinematographer and editor. She recently directed a short documentary as part of Google’s #ShowUp campaign documenting the history of Pride movements around the country, and produced Lynching In America, a multimedia documentary project with the Equal Justice Initiative on the history of lynching and racial terror in America. As a film producer, she is currently working on a feature documentary about mass incarceration and the effects of mandatory minimum drug sentences, and also has two forthcoming projects - one is a feature documentary directed by five-time Academy Award-nominated director/writer David O. Russell about the publishing industry, and the other a feature documentary directed by Martin Scorsese, airing on HBO, about the music industry and cultural landscape of the 1970s. April’s other short documentary projects include "Respond & Rebuild," about Occupy’s post-Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in the Rockaways that was featured on Democracy Now! in 2013, and directed with Katia Maguire, "God is a Garden" (2015), about an order of environmentalist nuns. April also works as an archivist, most notably managing Bob Dylan’s media archive for seven years, and working as an in-house producer for his film and video projects. (1/19)

Katia Maguire

Katia Maguire is a New York-based director and producer. She recently produced Participant Media’s Kingdom of Shadows (SXSW, Full Frame, DOC NYC, IDFA 2015), a documentary about the lives of three witnesses to the "U.S.-Mexico drug war" that aired on PBS’ POV in the fall of 2016 is nominated for a 2017 News and Documentary Emmy Award. She also produced The Graduates/Los Graduados, a bilingual series about Latino high school students that broadcast nationally on PBS’ Independent Lens in 2013. Previously, Katia worked for veteran public television journalist Bill Moyers on his PBS series Moyers & Company and Bill Moyers Journal. She was a senior associate producer on Women, War & Peace, a five-part PBS series about the role of women in modern conflict, and co-producer on Quest for Honor, a documentary about violence against women in Iraq that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was short-listed for the 2010 Academy Awards. Katia was a 2016 Impact Partners Documentary Producing Fellow and has received fellowships fromthe Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Producers Academy, the Union Docs Collaborative Studio, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers Latino Producers Academy, and the Flaherty Film Seminar. (1/19)


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