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Director: Nonny de la Peņa
Genres: Indie & Art House, Special Interests, Documentary
NR     2005     1hr 40min

The film features the stories of: Julie Patrick, founder of Mothers Against Munchausen Allegations, exonorated mother Penny Mellor, MSbP activist Jane Alexander and Misty Jones


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Director: Nonny de la Peņa
Genres: Indie & Art House, Special Interests, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Special Interests, Documentary
Studio: Research Films
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 01/01/2005
Original Release Date: 01/01/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

Movie Reviews

A Disturbing Film--It Stays with You
Anne | Annapolis, MD | 02/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This documentary about doctors' abuse in diagnosing Munchausen syndrome by proxy was as disturbing as it was compelling. I watched the story unfold with an increasing sense of anger and dismay at the power and egotism of doctors in our society--and of society's powerlessness against those in the medical profession who abuse their positions of trust. Nonny de la Pena and Amy Sommer have created an engrossing and educational film about a controversial diagnosis and the ripple effect that can occur when the diagnosis is misapplied to innocent mothers and their unfortunate children. I learned a great deal about some of the dangerous drugs that are prescribed to babies--and I was appalled that these children were subjected to these medications and then wrenched from their mothers who were accused of abusing their children based on barely any evidence except the doctors' complete lack of knowledge and understanding. It made me afraid for my own children and for unempowered women in this country and abroad.

This is an important movie about the abuse of power and the disenfranchisement of a segment of the population--poorer, less educated mothers--that cannot defend itself and should be the first ones protected against such abuses. I recommend this movie for all those interested in putting a face to tyranny and who want to take a stand against it."
A "must read" for all Medical Moms, medical staff and social
Elizabeth P. Anderson | 03/11/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The film contains the stories of three women with truly sick children who were seeking help for their suffering children. These women were each looking for a doctor who could figure out what was wrong with their child. Each mother found herself violently jerked into the world of social workers and family courts. Each quickly realized that a mother who is accused of harming her child has zero rights in court. And any mother who is accused of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy is has fewer rights than a serial murderer. The story of how the doctors and social workers railroaded these moms is an important story that should be seen by everybody who works in medicine or with family courts."