AWI Short Film Competition


We meet recent immigrant Gladys when she feels like her world is caving in. This is a window into her thought process over whether or not to go seek help.

It highlights the importance of providing culturally sensitive mental health services. Gladys was beaten both as a child by her father and as an adult by her husband. She bravely decided to leave her husband back in her home country, and came to the U.S. with her son. Her adult daughter believed Gladys was wrong to leave her marriage, even if it was abusive, so she turned her back on Gladys.

In the latino community there is a great cultural stigma both around identifying domestic violence and around seeking mental health services. Gladys has to overcome the feeling that she is betraying her family by talking to a therapist.


Content heads up: depression, stigma

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Director: Jessica Jones

Diana Di Battista strongly believes in connecting people across class, geography, and language differences in order to build movements and drive social change. She currently works as a translator and freelance video producer specializing in multicultural projects about human rights and social justice. Her work can be found at Jessica Jones is an independent media maker specializing in documentary style productions. Ranging from arts activism, journalist integrity and environmental advocacy, the majority of the films that Jessica has worked on address a social justice issue, which pairs well with her previous background in workers rights and nonprofit advocacy. For more information, visit

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Stigma is: Always untrue Always negative Can be felt toward yourself Stigma around mental illness includes having fixed ideas and judgments about mental illness and/or...

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