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2010 / English, Spanish, Hebrew & Arabic with English Subtitles / 65 Min.
Director: Victoria Mills
Producers: Hayley Downs, Kathy Leichter, Victoria Mills and Lila Yomtoob
Director of Photography: Danae Elon
Editor: Bryan Gunnan Cole
Music: Maxim Moston
This feature-length documentary is an intimate look at the psychological effect of killing on soldiers across the globe. The soldiers are enlisted men and women, draftees, officers, freedom fighters and guerrillas. Hidden Battles looks beyond the politics of good and evil and focuses instead on the deeply personal. The result is an in-depth investigation of what it really means to kill another human being as told by the men and women who pulled the trigger.
Rhode Island International Film Festival, Salem Film Festival, Hearts and Minds Film Festival, Santa Cruz Film Festival, Ridgewood Film Festival, Landlocked Film Festival, Istanbul International 1001 Documentary Film Festival, DOCUtah, Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival, Unspoken Human Rights Film Festival, Festival Un Film per la Pace.
*Honorable Mention, The Voice Awards presented by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, United States Department of Health.
*Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film and Video Festival
*Honorable Mention, Istanbul International 1001 Documentary Film Festival
"Hidden Battles" is a timely and evocative documentary that looks beyond political rhetoric and polemics to focus on the very real human cost of war; any war. Poignant, engaging and disturbing, director Victoria Mills posits an important message about the real cost of killing another human being. Brilliant and highly recommended."
George T. Marshall
Rhode Island International Film Festival
"Poignant, fascinating, and stripped clean of film cliches about combat experience, Hidden Battles gets to the heart of how five very different former soldiers carry the burden of killing."
Mothers & Daughters: Mirrors that bind
Director: Victoria Mills
Producer: Victoria Mills & Kathy Leichter
Cinematographer: Lila Yomtoob
Editor: Flavia Fontes
Music: Sarah Plant
Supervising Producer: Jennifer Fox
Mothers and Daughters: Mirrors that Bind is a one-hour documentary that takes an unconventional look at the Mother Daughter relationship. Mirrors that Bind features interviews with women and girls of diverse ages, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. The film re-examines the traditional role of motherhood and explores how these stereotypes interfere with a woman’s sense of herself.
The film has screened at several festivals and educational institutions around the country, and won an honorable mention at the Columbus International Film Festival.
San Francisco Family Film festival, Phoenix Educational Film Festival, Columbus International Film and Video Festival
Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film and Video Festival
"Never judgmental about behaviors and beliefs, this video allows audiences to gain insight from the positive and negative traits that mothers and daughters exhibit or deliberately choose not to adopt. For psychology classes and women's groups."
"There's no arguing with this film's central premise – the bond between mother and daughter influences a woman in incalculable ways. A solid effort to strike a resonant chord in many female viewers, this is recommended."