Kim, a Duluth, MN mother of three, is at the center of this compelling and authoritative exploration of gender violence in America. As Kim and her fragile daughters take up residence in a domestic violence shelter, we follow the harrowing struggles in a single-parenting survivor's quest to find work, housing and peace of mind.
We also meet Kim's husband, Josh, himself a survivor of abuse. His attempts to explain his actions are troubling -- shocking in the context of the story's final twists.
This multi-level narrative also examines the deepest causes of domestic violence and the solutions that have evolved to stop it, celebrating the battered women's movement activists who demanded revolutionary change in the 1980s, and examining alternative approaches now being advocated.
The film's title derives from the "power and control wheel," the graphic about the dynamic of battering that can be found in any shelter anywhere in the world.
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