I slept with Cookie Monster

“I Slept With Cookie Monster,” is an autobiographical story of one mother’s experience with and eventual escape from domestic violence. It is the winner of two awards from the Ottawa International Animation Festival (Best Undergraduate Animation and the grand prize for Best Student Animation) and was recently chosen to play on PBS in New York City. This film is certainly a bit stronger than what we typically share on our blog, but we think the piece is important because it explores the issue of domestic violence in a unique way, particularly by showing how abuse affects and changes an entire family. 

The director, Kara Nasdor-Jones, created the animation out of her own experience with her abusive husband. While the film served as a therapeutic tool in understanding the many critical issues of the healing process, her hope is that it will inspire courage and hope to victims of abuse.

As a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Kara is an internationally recognized artist and animator. She shares that she is interested in utilizing her art to explore serious subjects.

“I feel like animation is a wonderful media because it is sort of unexpected,” she explains. “… Forcing myself to dive into these extremely sensitive issues and visually work through them…helped me to understand many critical issues in the healing process.”

With the knowledge that almost 75% of the women and children at our Women’s Residential and Counseling Center (WRCC) have been victims of crime, predominantly domestic violence, we understand the grave importance of this issue. We are thankful that domestic violence survivors, like Kara, are able to share their stories to teach and inspire others.