No Way Out But One tells the story of an American woman accused of kidnapping her own children, who fled the country and became the first American woman to ever be granted asylum by the government of the Netherlands, due to domestic violence.
No Way Out But One follows on the groundbreaking work of producer Garland Waller’s previous award winning documentary Small Justice. The earlier film examined the failure of the family court system to protect children from sexual abuse. No Way Out But One exposes the other grave failure of the courts—that men who batter wives and beat children can and do get custody. This failure, the secret shame of the American court system, is virtually ignored by the mainstream media.
No Way Out But One is based on extensive interviews with Holly and her family, medical professionals, lawyers, and child advocates. Filming has been completed in The Netherlands, Boston, Washington DC, and New York. The producers have culled through thousands of pages of court and medical records, unpublished journals, news reports, family photos and videos. The producers also submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the FBI for Holly’s files, which resulted in the identification of nearly 1,000 pages of material.
In a world that has been shocked by Jerry Sandusky/Penn State, Jerry Seville/BBC, Boy Scouts and Catholic Priest abuse, it is a sad commentary that courts can and do ignore sexual abuse and give custody to abusers. No Way Out But One seeks to expose this injustice by telling the powerful and compelling story of Holly Collins.