In 1999, Colorado mother Jessica Gonzales experienced every parent's worst nightmare when her three young daughters were killed after being abducted by their father in violation of a restraining order. Devastated, Gonzales filed a lawsuit against the police, claiming they did not adequately enforce her restraining order despite her repeated calls for help that night—and wound up taking her case all the way to the US Supreme Court and an international human-rights tribunal in her determination to strengthen legal rights for domestic-violence victims and ensure her daughters didn't die in vain. Her mission took its toll, though, on her health and her relationship with her one surviving child, Jessie, who struggled with the tragedy in his own way.
Katia Maguire and April Hayes incorporated nine years' worth of footage—their own as well as the Gonzales family's home videos—into this chronicle of one family's pursuit of justice in the wake of unimaginable trauma, shedding light on the impact of domestic violence on our society along the way.
Producer: Katia Maguire, April Hayes | Editor: Becky Laks | Cinematographer: April Hayes, Katia Maguire | Screenwriter: Katia Maguire, April Hayes, Becky Laks