16mm color and b/w film, 27 minutes, 1996


A haunting memoir that explores how the experiences of adulthood both defy and reinforce the lessons of childhood. Prompted by her adult experience as a random victim of sexual assault, the filmmaker revisits her childhood's fragile myths to examine a belief system gone awry. Utilizing images from a generation's collective past, In Harm's Way questions assumptions instilled in children growing up in the late 1950's. As evocative as it is cautionary, the film thoughtfully juxtaposes the filmmaker's formative experiences of the world with the legacy of anonymous violence.


"...a remarkably fused transition from serenity to savagery that reminds us that a well-crafted short can register more effectively than a full-length movie...."
The Philadelphia Inquirer

"...a multi-layered approach to a complex topic..."
DOX Documentary Film Magazine

"...a poignant film that comes off as both highly personal and coldly detached..."
Palo Alto Weekly


International Documentary (Timothy J. Lyons)
Palo Alto Weekly (Allen Clapp)
The Philadelphia Inquirer (Desmond Ryan)


First Prize, DoubleTake Documentary Film Festival
Best of Festival, Louisville Film and Video Festiva
INPUT, International Public Television Conference, Stuttgart
Best of Festival, Utah Short Film and Video Festival
Silver Award, International Documentary Association
Jury Award, New York Expo of Short Film & Video
Jurors' Citation, Black Maria Film and Video Festival
Isabella Liddell Art Award, Ann Arbor Film Festival
Los Angeles Independent Film Festival
Margaret Mead Film Festival
Denver International Film Festival
International London Women's Film Festival
Dallas Video Festival
Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema
Boston International Festival of Women's Cinema
International Short Film Festival, Vila do Conde, Portgual
Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia
Mediawave Festival of Visual Arts, Gyor, Hungary
St. Petersburg International Film Festival, Russia


Independent Lens, national PBS
Image Union, Chicago PBS
Independent View, San Francisco PBS
Independent Eye, Maryland Public Television
Through the Lens, Philadelphia PBS
Territory, Texas PBS


Written, Directed and Edited by Jan Krawitz
Cinematography by Thomas Ott, Ferne Pearlstein, Jan Krawitz
Narration Sound Recording by John Haptas


For home video purchase, send a check or money order for $30.00 (plus $4.00 postage/handling) payable to Jan Krawitz to:
Jan Krawitz
Department of Communication, Bldg. l20
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-2050
phone: (650) 723-0704
fax: (650) 725-2472

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