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Sundance Review: ‘The Hunting Ground’ by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering

Sundance Review: 'The Hunting Ground' by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering

The statistics are staggering. One in five women in college is sexually assaulted, yet only a fraction of these crimes are reported, and even fewer
result in punishment for the perpetrators. From the team behind “The Invisible War,” comes “The Hunting Ground,” a piercing exposé of rape culture on
campuses, poised to light a fire under a national debate.

This film and its tough subject are VERY welcome.
It is clear from this film that the major American Universities (and those not so major, i.e. smaller) have been engaged for many years in a shameful
coordinated national campaign to deny the rampant sexual abuse of women (and!! – in the film – some men as well) and to use extreme methods to protect
violent predators and to silence, ignore and further traumatize women victims.
In a tour de force of verité footage, expert insights, and first-person testimonies, the film follows undergraduate rape survivors pursuing both their
education and justice, despite ongoing harassment and the devastating toll on them and their families. Scrutinizing the gamut of elite Ivies, state
universities, and small colleges, filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering reveal an endemic system of institutional cover-ups, rationalizations,
victim-blaming, and denial that creates perfect storm conditions for predators to prey with impunity. Meanwhile, the film captures mavericks Andrea
Pino and Annie Clark, survivors who are taking matters into their own hands—ingeniously employing Title IX legal strategy to fight back and sharing
their knowledge among a growing, unstoppable network of young women who will no longer be silent.
This second major revelation in the film are the nascent organizing attempts of these amazing survivors of criminal attacks fighting against all odds to
find, encourage and support the many thousands of campus victims all over the US of vicious sexual attacks.
This film should be shown NOW in every college and high school and church and synagogue in the US. It and its subject / subjects are just that important.

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