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Download the discussion guide for the documentary Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go and use it for facilitating conversation about this film at home, in the classroom or at community screenings.

Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go: Discussion Guide

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POV creates discussion guides for all our films. Discussion guides offer background information about the film, a comprehensive list of organizations, websites and books recommended for further research and questions viewers can use to kick-start conversations about the themes and issues explored in Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go, as well as other POV films. For a film club or child advocacy group, Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go offers the opportunity for viewers to see the damage that physical and emotional child abuse can inflict, and one approach to healing children who have suffered great trauma in their early development.

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Film Information

Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go (90 min.)

Premiere Date: July 28, 2009

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmaker: Kim Longinotto Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Fact Sheet | Filmmaker Statement | Press Release


Kim Longinotto
Kim Longinotto

To me, one of the most moving things was seeing men [the male teachers] being so loving with boys and so supportive; you got a glimpse of what fathers should be like.”

— Kim Longinotto, Filmmaker


Film Update

Critical Acclaim

Mixing ferocity with tenderness, delicacy with tenacity ... a docu of uncompromised integrity and edge-of-the seat drama”

— John Anderson, Variety

Disturbing, deeply moving and even at times, darkly comic …a very strong piece of work”

— David Jenkins, Time Out London

Remarkable … shot with clarity and human kindness”

— Jason Solomons, The Observer

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