Monday at the Varsity Theatre, the Compass Center hosted a screening of the documentary, “Five Awake,” which follows five women as they work to pass important domestic violence laws in Louisiana.
The film was followed by a panel discussion of four guests with experience in this area who explored North Carolina’s current domestic violence legislation and where it needs to be improved.
The award-winning film is meant to elicit action from the viewer through the usage of personal stories of profound loss and strife. Each of the five women starring in the documentary have been affected firsthand by domestic violence, and it would take a person of an extremely callous nature not to sympathize with their situations.
The women, all residents of Louisiana, band together and aim to pass a set of laws in the hope of relieving their state’s chronic domestic violence problem. Despite being told no and that things would never change on numerous occasions, these ladies defied the odds and successfully passed every law they brought forward — all in one year.
The documentary short is more than just a story of these women’s triumphs, though. It is meant to raise awareness throughout the country and give domestic violence the attention it deserves.