‘Why Critiques of the Campus Rape Documentary The Hunting Ground Only Prove its Point’

From the Huffington Post:

Critics of the hit documentary The Hunting Ground – which illuminates in damning detail the prevalence of sexual violence at American universities – are ramping up their attacks just in time for The Hunting Ground‘s prime time debut on CNN this Sunday, November 22. And if they aren’t careful, their aspersions might dovetail with the massive audience CNN commands to result in a spectacular backfire: For the film’s central premise is that whistle blowers on campus sexual violence are demonized and delegitimized by the very same universities who are going on the offensive in advance of Sunday’s screening.

Directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Amy Ziering, The Hunting Ground debuted to rave reviews and a standing ovation at Sundance in January – the New York Times¬†called it a “must-watch work of cine-activism.” It has since been screened at the White House, and submitted for consideration for a feature documentary Academy Award.

Using the testimony of young women who experienced sexual assault at schools like Berkeley, Harvard, and UNC Chapel Hill, The Hunting Ground brings vivid and heart-rending life to the statistic that one in five women experiences sexual assault in college. It chronicles the trauma of the violence they endure, and excoriates the lack of protection afforded to them by the institutions they trusted.

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