Woman's fight to save kids recounted in documentary

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PORT HADLOCK — “No Way Out But One,” a documentary about the first American woman to be granted asylum on grounds of domestic violence, will screen at the Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave., this Thursday.

Filmmakers Garland Waller and Barry Nolan will be on hand at the
5:30 p.m. event, presented by the Port Townsend Film Institute and the Jefferson Clemente Foundation.

Admission is free, but space is limited.

To reserve a seat, contact Jefferson Clemente director Lela Hilton at hiltonl@olympus.net or 360-732-0007.

“No Way Out But One” tells the story of Holly Collins, an American who, accused of kidnapping her own children, fled the United States for the Netherlands, where she was granted asylum.

Collins became an international fugitive in 1994, after she and her son and daughter had endured violent abuse by Collins' former husband, and a family court in Minnesota gave him full custody of the children, she said.

For a while, Collins hid on Native American reservations, then in Mexico and Guatemala. She later made it to a refugee center in Amsterdam.

After becoming the first U. S. citizen to be granted asylum by the government of Netherlands, Collins lived a low-profile life for 14 years until FBI agents came calling.

Hoping to return Collins to the United States to face kidnapping charges, they interviewed her now-grown children.

They described their mother as a hero who had saved their lives.

Waller's and Nolan's film about Collins and her family has won numerous awards, including the Human Rights Best Documentary Short at the Unspoken Film Festival of Utica, N.Y., and a silver prize at the Colorado Film Festival.

To find out more about the movie and watch a trailer, visit www.NoWayOutButOne.com.

Last modified: June 18. 2013 7:57PM
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