Forced into Silence explores what it means to be a man who has been abused by a partner/spouse, sexually assaulted or raped and an adult man who was sexually abused as a child. Featuring interviews with author, therapist and expert on boys, men and masculinity Andrew Smiler, Ph.D., speaker and CEO of Male Survivor Christopher Anderson, relationship coach, writer, speaker and presenter Jasmin Newman, as well as two former victims of domestic violence Forced into Silence is reveals the unique challenges of men who have been victimized and presents possible solutions to their ongoing plight.
Without any outside funding, director La Shawn Pagán filmed Forced into Silence on location in New York City and using Google Hangouts to complete the final interviews for the film. Having spent 5 years in the production of the film (research, planning, marketing, and unsuccessfully trying to find financing for her film) she went on to complete the documentary the best way she could in order to tell the stories of the men (and women) who dared to challenge the narrative of the vulnerability of men.
The film can be considered narrative/experimental with a focus on sexual and mental health – the final cost being less than $1,000.00 to complete.
Title: Forced into Silence
Run time: 72 minutes
Format: 720×1280 (29fps) digital
Director/Writer/Producer/Editor: La Shawn Pagán
Executive Producers: Héctor J. Pagán Maysonet, Rotha Colón
Cast: Levi Louis, Bryant Mancebo, Andrew I. Smiler, Ph.D., Christopher Anderson, Jasmin Newman
Crew: La Shawn Pagán(camera), Chris Mendez (associate producer/camera), Lissette Ramos (camera)
Location: Puerto Rico(interiors), New York(interior/exterior/street scenes), Australia (interiors)
Official Director’s Statement:
Forced into Silence explores what it means to be a male who has been abused by a partner/spouse, sexually assaulted or raped and an adult man who was sexually abused as a child. By featuring interviews with author, therapist and expert on boys, men and masculinity Andrew Smiler, Ph.D., speaker and CEO of Male Survivor Christopher Anderson, relationship coach, writer, speaker and presenter Jasmin Newman, as well as two former victims of domestic violence my hope is that those who have experienced, or are still experiencing these things see this film and know they are not alone in their plight.
By focusing on the male victimization of abuse, I intend to reveal the unique challenges of men who have been victimized, the way men process such experiences and how we as a society, can help them overcome the trauma – much like what we already do for women who have been victimized.
The importance of the film is to change the narrative, and views of victimization and create a gender neutral dialogue that will bring about laws that will subsequently eradicate these crimes once and for all.
In the media:
La Shawn Pagán has appeared on The Dr. Vibe Show talking about this film in two occasions; first when she was starting production and the second time was after completion of the film. The second time on the show she was surprised to see how many people were interested in the film since it was so hard for her to get people to be involved in the project.The film has also been supported by The Good Men Project.
Watch on YouTube:
Forced into Silence (sneak peek): https://youtu.be/n4PvyLee3yk
Forced into Silence (Official Preview): https://youtu.be/k4eGc55YoLM
Opening the door on abuse of men: http://youtu.be/j0v3G5AYYXk
Forced into Silence in New York City: http://youtu.be/V9DQp6gx9V8