Filmmaker Jessiline Berry took time this week to share about her new film project A Night to Remember, her personal experience of sexual abuse, and her decision to utilize her skills as a filmmaker “to do right by [her] survivor sisters.” I hope you’ll read what she has to say, back her film project, and pass the word. Let’s help get her film made and out into the world.
DBW: Jessiline, I was so moved by your Kickstarter video where you describe your film A Night to Remember, talk about the devastating impact of date rape, and convey the importance of getting this story out into the world. What inspired you to create this film and who do you hope will see it?
JB: Violence and abuse have, unfortunately, been significant in my history. I could say I’m a strong woman now in spite of it, or because of it. But as strong, smart, and articulate as I am, when it came to dealing with being date raped, I was kind of surprisingly silent. I was 29 years old when it happened. I was about to finish my masters at an Ivy League institution. I had been in therapy to deal with the trauma of an abusive marriage. I had overcome. I started dating again after my divorce, and met a nice guy who took me to nice meals, and movies at the Magic Johnson theater, and eventually raped me. And I was like…how did I miss this…how did I misjudge this man? I thought I should’ve known better. At the time, I spent way more energy blaming myself than blaming him. I remember I didn’t even tell my therapist because we were wrapping up our time together because I had done so well, and the trauma of my abusive marriage was basically behind me. I was embarrassed to tell her I had been victimized again.Continue reading →