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Parental Alienation: The Aftermath

A documentary examines the long-term impacts of parental alienation on the children victims. For the first time on the big screen, adult survivors speak out about the abuse behind closed doors when children are used as weapons in parents' breakups.

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Director Biography

Dr. Petra Deeter is an award-winning film director and a social impact builder. As a survivor of child abuse and domestic violence, she is passionate about creating social impact to advocate for victims. She is the founder of Victim To Hero Institute where she provides resources and support for victims of parental alienation, raises public awareness, and champions system and social changes.

As a filmmaker, she has made films in many genres, focusing on using the visual story medium to tell the stories that matter. Her film “Reborn”, about domestic violence, premiered at the legendary Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, won over 2-dozen international awards, and screened at festivals and theaters around the world. The film influenced the creation of the new coercive control legislation in California.

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Director Statement

I am an adult child of parental alienation and it has negatively impacted every aspect of my life. I have interviewed hundreds of adult survivors like me and know that my experience is, unfortunately, not an isolated occurrence. Research in many fields has also confirmed that parental alienation can leave devastating consequences on those affected. It is also a widespread problem and as such, this is a child protection issue and a public health crisis. My goal with this film is to raise public awareness so that no other children have to go through what I went through.