The Burning Bed

1- What role did gender play in the film?

2- What role did the system (court, welfare) play in the protection/supporting (or lack thereof) for Francine?

3- What role did James’ (Mickey) and Francine’s parents play in the film?

4- What was Francine’s mother’s immediate reaction to her daughter being abused? Why do you think she responded this way?

5- For what reasons did Mickey hit Fran? What role did substances, if any, play in the abuse?

6- Why do you think Fran stayed in an abusive situation? Did she ever stand up for herself?

7- What emotions, if any, did you feel watching this film? (required)




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