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AND SO I STAYED is an award-winning documentary by Natalie Pattillo and Daniel A. Nelson about survivors of abuse fighting for their lives and spending years behind bars. These women paid a steep price with long prison sentences, lost time with loved ones, and painful memories. Formerly incarcerated survivor-advocate Kim Dadou Brown, who met her wife while incarcerated, is a driving force in the passage of New York’s Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act (DVSJA), a new law meant to prevent survivors from receiving harsh prison sentences for their acts of survival. Nikki Addimando, a mother of two young children, suffered the consequences when a judge didn’t follow the law’s guidelines. Tanisha Davis, a single mother who was ripped away from her son in 2013, is hopeful the new law is her way out of a harsh prison sentence.

“And So I Stayed’ examines how the courts treat women who kill their abusers. The movie played a role in one case that resulted in freedom after a conviction.” — The New York Times

  • Year
  • Runtime
    91 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Daniel A. Nelson, Natalie Pattillo
  • Screenwriter
    Natalie Pattillo
  • Producer
    Daniel A. Nelson, Natalie Pattillo
  • Executive Producer
    Natalie Schreyer
  • Cast
    Kim DaDou Brown, Nicole Addimando, Tanisha Davis
  • Cinematographer
    Daniel A. Nelson
  • Editor
    Tyler H. Walk