Austin Jewish Film Festival 2014

5775 Austin Jewish Film Festival

Celebrates its 13th(Bar Mitzvah) year

The film festival is moving from the spring to the fall. The film festival dates are
October 24-30, 2015 at the Arbor Theatre.

On DECEMBER 7, 2014

A HBO documentary film called Private Violence is showing at the Stateside Theater at the Paramount at 2:30pm

Every day in the U.S. at least four women are murdered by abusive partners and we ask “Why didn’t she just leave?” Be an Advocate for Change – Join the Movement – Watch the Film


50 Children Director: Cynthia Hill
Genre: Documentary
Running: 77 minutes
Language: English
**Followed by a Q&A after the film presentation with film advisor Kit Gruelle – 4:00-4:45pm
**There is a VIP Reception beforehand and we are charging $25 to the Reception to help recover some costs.

For more information about reserving your free tickets or purchasing tickets to the VIP reception, please visit


Private Violence is a feature-length documentary film and audience engagement campaign that explores a simple, but deeply disturbing fact of American life: the most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home. Every day in the US, at least four women are murdered by abusive (and often, ex) partners. The knee-jerk response is to ask: “why doesn’t she just leave?” Private Violence shatters the brutality of this logic. Through the eyes of two survivors – Deanna Walters, a mother who seeks justice for the crimes committed against her at the hands of her estranged husband, and Kit Gruelle, an advocate who seeks justice for all women – we bear witness to the complicated and complex realities of intimate partner violence. Their experiences challenge entrenched and misleading assumptions, providing a lens into a world that is largely invisible; a world we have locked behind closed doors with our silence, our laws, and our lack of understanding. Kit’s work immerses us in the lives of several other women as they attempt to leave their abusers, setting them on a collision course with institutions that continuously and systematically fail them, often blaming victims for the violence they hope to flee. The same society that encourages women to seek true love shows them no mercy when that love turns dangerous. As Deanna transforms from victim to survivor, Private Violence begins to shape powerful, new questions that hold the potential to change our society: “Why does he abuse?” “Why do we turn away?” “How do we begin to build a future without domestic violence?”

Watch the trailer below