Forced Absence-a film about child custody, visitation,support and corrupt family courts premieres in Boston, Ma
Released on: September 5, 2008, 8:52 am
Press Release Author: Pius Uzamere, v.p of distribution at Equilibrium Pictures
Press Release Summary: Forced Absence, a Film About Child Custody, Support, Visitation, and Corrupt Family Courts Opens In Boston on September 5th, 2008
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Forced Absence, a Film About Child Custody, Support, Visitation, and Corrupt Family Courts Opens In Boston on September 5th, 2008 ￼ Boston, MA -- Forced Absence, the long awaited documentary feature film on child custody and visitation battles, false allegations of abuse, corrupt judges, and exorbitant child support arrives at theaters starting with a premiere in Boston on Friday, September 5, 2008 at The Regent Theatre followed by a Q&A session. Ten years in the making, the film investigates the effects of marital acrimony on parents and children against the backdrop of a corrupt family court system through hard-hitting interviews with victims, lawyers, and mental health professionals. ďForced Absence makes a major contribution to getting these issues into the public consciousness, wrapping a message of dual parenthood with poignant real-life accounts and an entertaining storyline,Ē said the filmís director, P.A. Uzamere in an interview Wednesday.
ďWhile the issues in this film affect over 60 million Americans and millions more across the world,Ē Uzamere continued, ďMany people are just now learning the extent to which divorce and custody have become private, corrupt industries dominated by vindictiveness and greed rather than by a propensity to mete out justice and protect children.Ē According to experts, these proceedings can drag on for years, sometimes even the better part of a decade while children watch helplessly as their parents battle, often times leaving one parent in poverty, alienated from their own children with a reputation ruined by false allegations from the ex-spouse.
Some of the most damaging financial effects to parents come from the law in most states forcing non-custodial parents to singlehandedly maintain the pre-divorce standard of living for their ex-spouseís household, leaving no money for the non-custodial parent to live on. Due to this law, for example, one of the victims interviewed in Forced Absence had to go without electricity in his house for nearly a year so he could afford to pay the exorbitant (and ultimately misused) child support levies that financed the relatively lavish lifestyle his ex-wife enjoyed before they divorced.
In addition to the effects of the corrupt family court system on parents, the damage done to children caught up in the mix is profound. Children of bitter divorces have higher incidences of mental health issues, higher high school dropout rates, and a higher likelihood of strife in their own marriages according to national statistics. The effects of preventing children from having access to both parents is damning, and this phenomenon is explored in-depth in Forced Absence.
In Mid-August at the National Civil Rights Event March on Washington for parents promoting family rights, the producers of Forced Absence kicked off an outreach effort to build a coalition of citizens and groups to support the film and use it to propagate their message. The Boston premiere begins a platform release supported by a city-by-city groundswell of grassroots support for the film and its message. Mothers, daughters, fathers, and sons are uniting to support the mission of keeping both parents involved in their childrenís lives wherever possible -- a message we can all believe in.
Equilibrium Pictures is a distributor of independent and foreign films within the United States, specializing in family films. In addition to Forced Absence, Equilibrium has several upcoming films in post-production including ďChoices,Ē a documentary detailing the struggles of five young women as they attempt to make the right life and relationship choices not only for their own benefit, but for that of their children.
Web Site: http://www.forcedabsencemovie.com
Contact Details: Pius Uzamere, VP of Distribution at Equilibrium Pictures firstname.lastname@example.org 917.508.6450 Forced Absence Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3J7aqjZ7p0 http://www.forcedabsencemovie.com
Showtimes and Directions available at: http://www.regenttheatre.com/events/fa.htm