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Gimme Shelter: the Movie, the Movement

“There are 750,000 young, pregnant, scared women out there. People don’t realize how many Apples are out there in total crisis.”

— Kathy DiFiore, the inspiration behind
the film Gimme Shelter (January 24 release).

Kathy DiFiore shares this statistic with me one recent morning when I met with her and filmmaker Ronald Krauss.

Ronald started out making a documentary. His brother lived within two miles of Several Sources, a New Jersey shelter for young women in crisis, and Ronald could easily envision such a shelter as fertile ground for a documentary. He began following a story that had Kathy DiFiore at the center, a woman who had taken the words of St Francis of Assisi to heart after her own messy divorce and subsequent homelessness:

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.American