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Persister: Women speaking up and being heard

When director Jasmin Mara López sees a photo of her niece with her grandfather, she is flooded by painful memories of her own childhood sexual abuse at his hands—and the following 24 years of her silence. In this cinematically striking and poetic documentary, López bravely films her story as a willful act to accept difficult truths while finding beauty in the process of healing. As she defies the cultural silence that pervades her family and confronts her abusive grandfather, who is a Baptist minister, a world of generational abuse unfolds, and she quickly discovers she is not alone. Through archival family footage and intimate moments with her family, López has created a film about confronting painful truths and the beauty one can feel when they reach the other side of grief. Heather Haynes


  • Director(s)

    • Jasmin Mara López
  • Producer(s)

    • Jasmin Mara López
  • Executive Producer(s)

    • Sally Jo Fifer
    • Leslie Fields-Cruz
    • Sandie Viquez Pedlow
  • Editor(s)

    • Sarah Garrahan
  • Cinematography

    • Bron Moyi
  • Composer

    • Gil Talmi
  • Sound

    • Gisela Fullà-Silvestre
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Persister presented in partnership with

Oxfam Canada

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