The Conspiracy of Silence

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The Conspiracy of Silence
Directed by Neal Marshad
Donna Olson
Produced by Neal Marshad
Donna Olson
Written by Neal Marshad
Donna Olson
Narrated by Kathleen Turner
Cinematography Neal Marshad
Edited by Neal Marshad
Donna Olson
Running time
50 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Conspiracy of Silence is a 1995 television documentary that outlines the problem of domestic violence in the United States, and describes some solutions. The title alludes to an unspoken pact in an abusive relationship, in which the abuser expects the victim never to disclose the abuse, and the abuser complies in the hope of avoiding further violence. The documentary is presented by Kathleen Turner, with appearances by Denise Brown (sister of Nicole Brown Simpson), Southampton judge Deborah Kooperstein, and others.

Neal Marshad and Donna Olson, who co-wrote and co-directed the film, sought to show that domestic violence is not limited to one culture or social class, and that there is no standard profile for an abuser or an abused person. To this end, they focus on The Retreat, a women's shelter in affluent East Hampton, New York that helps battered women and their children obtain safe shelter and counselling.

The US Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) broadcast The Conspiracy of Silence three times between 1995 and 1996. The film won a Silver Award in the Women's Issues category at WorldFest-Houston in 1996, and an Honorable Mention at the 1996 Columbus International Film & Video Festival, in the Health & Medicine category.

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