Now we can all watch the extended film of Sarah Cecilie’s story. This film fills out her story of being abducted by her father from Norway to roam around the USA.
She was later reunited with her mother. Her mother and brother contribute to the film and we get more family background on all sides. Not surprisingly, her father has not felt able to record his own version of what happened and his reasons for what he did.
Sarah Cecilie’s story first appeared in the film Victims of Another War. That important film describes Parental Child Abduction and Alienation with two other adult survivors and their retrospective stories.
Both films can be found on the films page of Action Against Abduction. That’s the new name for what was Parents And Children Together (PACT).
The film: Sarah
We see Sarah Cecilie still working to make sense of a huge life time’s journey – geographical and emotional. We see the lifelong harm that Abduction and Alienation does to children and an example of how children never finish putting themselves together again. We see some healing and resolution for Sarah Cecilie – that many may never achieve – in her own more settled family life now. We see why this is such an important neglected topic, why governments, agencies, professionals and everyone must do better to prevent and intervene.
Interestingly, she uses the word ‘alienation’ when faced with pictures of herself from her two lives. Sarah feels alienated even from Cecilie, her other self. The Alienation goes deep. It is not just Alienation from her mother and her original home in Norway. Coming to terms is the best that anyone in her family has done with their abduction and alienation experience. No one has got over it.
We can imagine how complicated it is for Sarah Cecilie and her family to continue to make these films. We salute and welcome this major endeavour. These films are golden resources for the world to realise and learn about Parental Child Abduction and Alienation. Many thanks as well to AAA and to Glenn Gebhard and all those many others who made this happen.
Nick Child, Edinburgh