2015 draws to an end with significant advances across a broad front. Action Against Abduction (formerly PACT), has once again been able to punch above its weight, thanks in large part to the steadfast and generous support of you, the backers, volunteer helpers and trustees.
As many of you who attended the screenings know, this autumn saw the realisation of a three-year project, namely our documentary film, Sarah Cecilie. This has been very dear to my heart since it evokes PACT’s founding mission, the struggle against parental child abduction across frontiers. Narrated by Sarah Cecilie Finkelstein herself, the film exposes as never before the shattering impact of abduction and parental alienation (in Sarah Cecilie’s case, by her father), not only on a victim child, but on an entire family. We could not have asked for a better launch of the film. As well as recording the film’s introduction, the Home Secretary, The Rt. Hon. Theresa May, attended the launch and said a few words. Sarah Cecilie and her mother were also present, together with MPs, members of the legal profession, experts in child abduction and invited guests. The film was followed by an animated and informed discussion with Sarah Cecilie about the experience of abduction and its long-term effects. Many present considered the film compulsory viewing for judges and lawyers.
Response to the film has been extremely positive. Throughout October it garnered significant publicity in the national media, including major features in the Guardian, The Times and the Independent, several of them trailed on the front page and all of them well-informed and well-written. Sarah Cecilie and I also did a number of television and radio interviews. The task now is to distribute Sarah Cecilie as widely as possible at home and abroad. As a first step we have entered it in a number of documentary film-festivals.
PACT is enormously indebted to Professor Glenn Gebhard and his team for making the film; to Saul Bragman for composing the music; and, not least, to Sarah Cecilie and her mother for their courage in agreeing to make the film. Once again I must record my profound thanks to Pamela Richardson, Lorraine Spencer and Farina and Satesh Melwani, without whose generous help the film could not have been finished.
Now is the time, when we really need to look to you for help. Please donate as little or as much as you can. Every £ you give us will help.
Thank you and happy Christmas.
Catherine Meyer, CBE
Founder and CEO