'The Hunting Ground' -Sundance Film Festival

Discussion in 'News and Current Events' started by White Tara, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. White Tara Global Moderator

    I think this Documentary may be well worth watching, heres the review;

    After the Oscar-nominated “The Invisible War,” a brutal expose of the problem of sexual assaults in the military, documaker Kirby Dick turns his lens on institutions of higher learning, seeing a similar institutional failure to act. The subject is already in the news thanks to a Department of Education investigation, reports of various protests (including a Columbia student who carries a mattress with her), proposed legislation and a Rolling Stone story — since disavowed — on the U. of Virginia. With a premiere where it was announced that Senators Barbara Boxer and Kirsten Gillibrand were in attendance, this galvanic and compelling doc seems likely to reverberate in the public discourse and beyond, likely matching or exceeding its predecessor’s performance when Radius releases it in March.
    Scored to an ironic use of “Pomp and Circumstance,” the pic opens with homevideos of women receiving their college acceptance letters, with cries of “I got in!” While this may seem like cheap cynicism, it sets up one of the major arguments of the film, which is that universities are selling a brand and have a financial incentive to downplay incidents of campus sexual assault. Citing studies from 2000 to the present that suggest that 16% to 20% of women are sexually assaulted, the film makes the case that colleges are breeding grounds — not an association they like. Harvard Law lecturer Diane L. Rosenfeld draws an analogy: If you were to advertise that a prospective student had an equivalent chance of being the victim of a drive-by shooting, their desire to pay tuition would diminish.
    The film’s central figures are Andrea Pino and Annie Clark, students-turned-activists who led a campaign to file a civil rights complaint against U. of North Carolina. The women recount their own experiences of sexual assault: Clark says her rape was compared by an administrator to a football game that she should have played differently. Harvard law student Kamilah Willingham recalls seeing the man she accused expelled and then reinstated. As in “The Invisible War,” one by one women (and occasional men) appear on camera with eerily similar stories, of how colleges downplayed the crimes’ severity or of the peer intimidation that followed after they came forward.
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  2. White Tara Global Moderator

  3. Hugh Bris Member

    They keep quoting that thoroughly debunked 1 in 5 stat. Why do they do that? Everyone is aware that that stat is false, yet we keep hearing it. It undermines the case being made.
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  4. White Tara Global Moderator

    Yes, I would love to see someone question this, Sundance question time may have been an oportunity missed. I remain fascinated however with the more salient point being made... Why do places of higher learning insist that sexual assaults should be dealt with in-house? and how in the hell is this being allowed at all. Self interest stinks. :(
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  5. Hugh Bris Member

    You might want to read this article about the issue. Sommers gives a good history of the issue.

    Are you aware of the Dear Colleague letter sent by the Obama administration? It basically tells the colleges to use 'preponderance of the evidence' to convict. What that means is 50.0001% is enough to convict.
    That's fucking nuts, and this is a direct result of an Obama administration letter sent to colleges in 2011.
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  6. Disambiguation Global Moderator

    Colleges have no business investigating and trying crimes. Report crimes to the police.
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  7. Hugh Bris Member

    I agree. Please tell the government that. They are the one who is saying otherwise
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  8. White Tara Global Moderator

    That is the point innit, how do we bring the preasure to bear that makes it a unilateral agreement to report all sexual assualts to police rather than keep it in house?

    sexual assault investigations are waaaay above their pay scale
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  9. White Tara Global Moderator

    Oh, and fuck obama and the adminstration he rode in on.
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