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Hold me Tight, Let me Go| 1hr : 39mins
Director: Kim Longinotto | Producer: Kim Longinotto
Focus Years: 2008 | Country: United Kingdom
Subject Tags: education, europe, health, united kingdom
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
Films of Record is proud to present "Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go," the award-winning documentary about the lives of the troubled children growing up in Mulberry Bush Boarding School. Having suffered severe abuse and emotional trauma in early life, Mulberry Bush is seen as a last chance saloon for its pupils, who have been expelled from mainstream schools due to their extreme behavior. "Hold Me Close, Let Me Go" documents the daily violent confrontations the school’s staff endure and the work the teachers and caregivers carry out, with patience and dedication, to help the children regain control of their behavior and their opportunities so that they may lead more fulfilling, less self-destructive lives. The film compassionately captures the battle the children at Mulberry Bush go through to give voice to the hurt they carry inside. Visits with parents are hugely revealing and highlight that while the child may well act outrageously towards the staff, he or she is still very much an innocent, vulnerable victim in the world of adults.

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