Searching for Angela Shelton, the documentary
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In the uplifting and multiple award-winning documentary, Searching for Angela Shelton, filmmaker Angela Shelton drives around the United States surveying other Angela Sheltons. She discovers that 24 out of the 40 Angela Sheltons she speaks to are survivors of rape, childhood sexual abuse and/or domestic violence. (The number jumped to 28 out of 40 when 4 more Angelas broke their silence after the movie was completed.) On her journey the filmmaker meets an Angela Shelton who tracks sexual predators and lives in the same town as the filmmaker's father, who sexually abused her and her siblings for years. Angela Shelton's survey of women becomes a journey of self-discovery during which she decides to finally confront her own past and her abusive father - on Father's Day. The Angela Sheltons complete the journey by teaching the filmmaker about healing, faith and the power of the human spirit, no matter what your name is.
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It's a lovely road trip journey and the connections between folks cannot be coincidental as you will see when the road trip ends in the town where her father lives, the father that made her one out of the three mathematical equation.
The truth will set you free and it help others along the way find courage and community; and that is what Angela Shelton has done as the wheels of her bus went round and round; and made tracks across this amazing land of ours, the United States of America.
Truth telling is always healing and I now share her DVD at my child abuse class that I teach.
I was so very touched by Angela, her story, and the story of the other Angelas, particularly the "Anonymous" Angela. I hope, hope she is okay. I pray that the documentarian Angela, the anonymous Angela, and all of the other Angelas are doing at least better. What a very moving and thoughtful documentary.
Angela is such a lovely, wonderful survivor. The scene with her scumbag father made me so mad! What a manipulative SOB! I wish that I would have been with Angela then and would have held that poor excuse for a male and castrated him with a rusty tin can! And the aftermath in the RV after the meeting with the SOB - I cried along with Angela and, with empathy, felt her frustration and rage.
But, I'm so glad that she triumphed over that scumbag "sperm doner." (I refuse now to call him her "father.") She is living a fulfilling life and he is a low-life and always will be. Someday, he will stand before God on Judgement Day and will finally have to admit his crimes, something that he would not do in this life.
Anyway, I would highly recommend this movie. It shows that the American dream is not all light and that there is plenty of SECRET darkness.