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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Person of the Week: Kirby Dick and #TheHuntingGround #Sundance Doc

Though most of America recognizes the end of January for Super Bowl Sunday, film fans are focused on the most prominent film expo of the festival circuit: Sundance. This year at Sundance, documentaries are of particular note, and one is already receiving popular and critical praise. The Hunting Ground, from director Kirby Dick, explores sexual assault on college campuses and the ways in which university administrators cover-up charges of rape. 

In the same vain, as The Hunting Ground, Uncle Tom's Cabin and Harriet Beecher Stowe sought to shed light on the topic of slavery with the intention of galvanizing readers to support the abolitionist movement. 

What do you think the response of The Hunting Ground will be? Will it motivate colleges and universities to adjust their responses to sexual assault?  

1 comment:

Nikki Harpsihe said...

One can only hope that this doc. will enact change across college campuses around the U.S. Just yesterday, two Vanderbilt football players were found guilty of a 2013 rape. Unfortunately, this occurrence is a rarity. More often than not, college rape cases don't even go to trial, as the administration trees to hide them-- this documentary seems like it will bring to light just how many colleges are in the wrong when it comes to how they respond to campus rape, and will hopefully inspire both students, faculty and staff on campus all over the states to strive for justice for campus sexual assault victims.