Synopsis: From the time she was 3, Leanna knew what her cousin did to her body behind closed doors was wrong. Still, shame kept her from telling anyone for many years. When she finally found the courage to tell her mother, the startling response caused Leanna to choose silent torment for several more years to come.
Why did Leanna’s mother repress her cry for help? ANOTHER CHILD is director Leanna Borsellino’s attempt to unravel the confusing maze of emotion, religion, sexuality and family history to grasp her mother’s triggers, and why she failed to protect her daughter. Finally reunited, Leanna and her mother Cyndi set out on a cross-country journey to rediscover their true selves, and to attempt to right some wrongs.
Christopher Salazar (Father)
Ryla J Wronski (Daughter)
Frank Krueger (Older Man)
Sasha Andreev (Attractive Male)
“The process of creating a film about your own personal story of chronic childhood sexual abuse is a very painful process to charter through. This journey took me 7 years, as initially my desire was to tell this story vicariously through my mother. Yet as the story developed and unfolded, it became clear that I couldn’t honestly tell the story of my mother’s childhood abuse, without also sharing my own trauma. If you have ever heard of stories of children who have suffered from years of sexual abuse, and wondered as they grew older what they would say if they were able to find their voice – I ask that you graciously recognize my film comes from the voice of such a child. I was that child. And this is my attempt to right some wrongs.” – Leanna Borsellino
Leanna’s love of film led her to attend Oral Roberts University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Drama/Television/Film. She was honored with the award for Most Outstanding Senior in the Communication Arts Department in 2007. Leanna was also accepted into the Los Angeles Film Studies Center, a capstone program dedicated to immersing its students in real world application. She began interning at The Robert Evans Company (known for The Godfather I & II, Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby), which led to a job as the assistant of the company’s two top producers. Leanna then worked in production at Digital Domain (Titanic, Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Tron), an Academy Award-winning digital effects company. After two years in the commercials division, the death of her Italian grandmother prompted her to move home to Austin, TX to be near family. Leanna most recently worked as the Creative Services Manager for Hope Rising, a non-profit which specializes in the rescue, recovery, and rehabilitation of children who are survivors of sexual abuse and sex trafficking, however due to COVID, she is currently seeking her next path.
Oniros Film Awards - Italy - 2020
Best Social Justice Film (Film)
Venice Film Awards - Italy - 2020
Best Feature Documentary (Film)
Florence Film Awards - Italy - 2020
Best Feature Documentary (Film)
Prague International Monthly Film Festival - Czech Republic - 2020
Best First-Time Director (Feature) (Leanna Borsellino, James Headrick)
Hitchcock Film Awards - United States - 2020
Best Documentary Feature (Film)