4 items from 2015
Let me say this upfront because I must confess: it is very hard to analyze a documentary on its technical merits when it is so excruciatingly emotional. The first documentary world premiere I caught at Sundance 2015 was The Hunting Ground, the new doc from acclaimed filmmaker Kirby Dick (of This Film Is Not Yet Rated and The Invisible War). This is such an important documentary that two senators were in the audience, but it's also important because it's showing the truth in the face of resistance, it's allowing us to actually hear from and listen to real people. The Hunting Ground is a film that explores the epidemic (yes) of campus rape occurring for decades at the most prestigious universities in America. And it's appalling. The Hunting Ground opens with an amusing "welcome to college" montage, reminding us that this is when everyone is supposed to go out and become an adult, »
- Alex Billington
It is relatively easy to move through the day without acknowledging the more disturbing and horrific trends that creep into society, and it could be argued that this natural tendency to follow the path of least resistance is at least part of the reason why those trends continue to creep. Fortunately, documentary filmmakers are prepared to lift those especially gnarly rocks and shine a light on the murky proceedings underneath, and that is what we have in The Hunting Ground.
Writer-director Kirby Dick has made a lengthy career of confronting those issues that many avoid. 2006’s This Film Is Not Yet Rated examined the questionable policies of the American movie ratings board, 2009’s Outrage looked at “closeted politicians” who lobby for anti-gay legislation in America, and most recently, 2012’s The Invisible War cast an uncompromising gaze on the issue of the rape of soldiers in the American military. It is »
- Sarah Myles
From Oscar-nominated "Invisible War" director Kirby Dick comes this brutal exposé of rising rape crimes on American college campuses, and the institutional cover-ups and victim-blaming that have followed. One student, as seen in the trailer below, alleges that after being sexually assaulted, the dean of her university told her "not to talk to anyone about this." The documentary film blends verité footage with first-person testimonies, following survivors who continue to pursue their education even while fighting for justice, and against retaliation and harassment. Following "The Invisible War," "This Film Is Not Yet Rated," "Twist of Faith" and "Derrida" among them, "Hunting Ground" marks the seventh documentary brought to Sundance from director Kirby Dick, who has shrewdly observed the systematic abuse of power throughout his career. "Invisible War" co-director produces "Hunting »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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4 items from 2015
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