The first trailer has arrived for The Hunting Ground, and it is heartbreaking and frustrating, which is to be expected given its subject matter: the ubiquity of sexual assault on U.S. campuses and the rape culture within those institutions that denies survivors justice.
This trailer shows how colleges and universities, in a desperate bid to protect their star athletes and brands and to avoid bad press, silence and disenfranchise students who have been sexually assaulted. We see first-hand accounts from sexual-assault survivors who were victim-blamed and told not to wear short skirts in public or go to the police, ultimately being treated as though their voices and experiences didn’t matter. The spot highlights sexual assault survivors who have become activists struggling to address this national crisis — and to have it acknowledged as such.
We’re standing by our prediction: This will be essential viewing.
The Hunting Ground will premiere at Sundance on January 23.