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Wrestling Ghosts

  • 92 min
  • Documentary
  • English
  • USA
  • 2018
Unable to understand why parenting seems like a constant uphill battle, an emotionally exhausted mother who can’t connect with her two young sons courageously confronts the events of her own traumatic childhood.
About The Film

Kim knows she is not a natural mother—she shrinks from the touch of her adorable little boys. Faced with a constant inner reproach, she embarks on an extremely difficult journey to overcome her unhappiness and become able to give her kids the warmth and attention they deserve. As she digs deeper, she learns about the new science of childhood trauma and how it physically changes the brain, trapping a person in a neurological straightjacket. 

With relentless self-awareness, amazing openness, and devastating honesty, this extraordinary ordinary woman becomes a soul warrior, doing battle with the traumas of her past in order to create a new present and future for her and her family.

- Jenn Wilson, Senior Programmer



Q&A with cast and crew will immediately follow this screening, schedules permitting.
Director
  • Ana Joanes
Producers
  • Ana Joanes
  • Toni Nagy
Executive Producers
  • Geralyn White Dreyfous
  • Regina Scully
  • Dan Cogan
  • Jenny Raskin
Starring
  • Kim Montleon
  • Matt Montleon
  • Joshua Hathaway
  • Victor Lee Lewis
  • Donna Jackson Nakazawa
  • Nadine Burke-Harris
Production Company
  • Taking Our Places, LLC
Cinematographers
  • Ana Joanes
  • Ori Alon
  • William Irwin
  • Valery Lyman
Editor
  • Mona Davis
Composer
  • Kathryn Bostic

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