Heartbreaking and Hopeful, the Documentary Film And So I Stayed Uplifts Survivors of Domestic Violence

By Amber Kincaid | October 22, 2021 | Press Release

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Cleveland, MS October 22, 2021— And So I Stayed, a documentary film examining how the judicial system treats survivors of domestic violence, follows the stories of three women who traded one prison for another. On October 24 – 27, Bologna Performing Arts Center will host an exclusive online screening followed by a conversation with the filmmakers, Daniel A. Nelson and Natalie Pattillo, who will discuss their work and the film-making process.

Kim, Tanisha, and Nikki are three survivors of domestic violence whose strikingly similar stories are separated by over 30 years. After suffering years of mental and physical abuse, they were incarcerated for killing their abusers based on the question asked by judges as well as society at large, “Why don’t they just leave?” The answer to that question is complex and nuanced but And So I Stayed responds with emotional stories informed by hard data. “As a survivor and woman of color,” filmmaker Natalie Pattillo says, “I believe that our film can uplift survivors in a culture where they are disbelieved and villainized rather than protected. I believe it is my personal duty to not just make this film, but to make a searing, indelible impact on everyone who engages with it.”

Natalie Pattillo (Co-Director/Producer/Writer) is a New York-based multimedia journalist whose bylines include the New York Times, MSNBC, VICE, Jezebel, New York Magazine, Al Jazeera America, and Salon. She received a MA from Columbia University School of Journalism in 2017.

Daniel A. Nelson (Co-Director/Producer/Director of Photography) worked as a cinematographer and researcher on Oscar-nominated director David France’s feature-length documentary The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. Nelson received his MA from the Columbia University School of Journalism in documentary film-making in 2016.

And So I Stayed will be presented online and attendees can view it on demand any time between October 24 – 27 Admission to the screening is FREE which includes a conversation with the filmmakers following the film. Registration is available at This event is made possible through the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, a South Arts program. Since its inception in 1975, Southern Circuit has brought some of best independent filmmakers and their films from around the country to communities throughout the South. The program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts