Survivor Keynote 2021
Gwen van de Pas
Gwen van de Pas is a Dutch filmmaker living in Amsterdam. A survivor of child sexual abuse herself, she recently directed a feature-length documentary on the subject called GROOMED. Two-time Oscar-winning film maker Bill Guttentag produced the film alongside her. Besides closely following Gwen’s own experiences as a survivor, GROOMED provides an in-depth exploration of the grooming process, including perspectives from five other survivors as well as a sexual offender. Gwen studied Film and Theater Science in The Netherlands, holds an MBA from Stanford, and worked for Consulting firm Bain & Company for nine years. Passionate about stories that matter, she’s ready to tell the story of GROOMED.
On March 18, 2021, Discovery+ released Gwen’s first feature-length documentary GROOMED, in which she returns to her hometown in search of answers about the man who sexually abused her as a child.
To understand her ongoing traumas, Gwen travels to meet survivors, psychologists, and even a convicted sex offender. What begins as an exploration into grooming becomes a dramatic journey where Gwen faces unexpected revelations in her case, finally finds her anger, and boldly confronts the evil we’d rather ignore.