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The Hunting Ground (2015)

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An exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families.

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Andrea Pino ... Herself
Annie Clark ... Herself
Claire Potter ... Herself - Professor of History (as Claire Bond Potter)
Melinda Manning ... Herself - Assistant Dean of Students, University of North Carolina
Kimberly Theidon ... Herself - Medical Anthropologist and Former Harvard Professor
Kamilah Willingham ... Herself
Mrs. Willingham ... Herself - Kamilah Willingham's Mother
Caroline Heldman ... Herself - Associate Professor of Politics, Occidental College
David Lisak ... Himself - Clinical Psychologist
Leslie Strohm ... Herself - General Counsel, University of North Carolina (archive footage)
Danielle Dirks ... Herself - Assistant Professor of Sociology, Occidental College
Diane Rosenfeld ... Herself - Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School (as Diane L. Rosenfeld)
Pat Cottrell ... Himself - Former University Campus Police Officer, Saint Mary's College
Rachel Hudak ... Herself
Carol Ann Mooney ... Herself - President, Saint Mary's College (archive footage)
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From the makers of The Invisible War (2012) comes a startling exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows the lives of several undergraduate assault survivors as they attempt to pursue - despite incredible push back, harassment, and traumatic aftermath - both their education and justice.

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For 1 in 5 women, their dream school will become a nightmare.

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material involving sexual assault, and for language | See all certifications »
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1 January 2016 (Belgium)  »

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$22,464, 1 March 2015, Limited Release

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$405,917

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$411,115
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The documentary has been denounced by 19 Harvard Law School professors who challenged the accuracy of the film. See more »

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Words As Weapons
Written by Birdy (as Jasmine Van Den Bogaerde) and Ryan Tedder
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It is as easy as that. You have to watch this film. Everyone should watch it and then have a conversation of why this may be happening.

"The Hunting Ground" is a documentary about rape crimes in US colleges and how many of these stories get covered up for different reasons, including prestige, money or influence. It brings many of the victims and victims' families stories to the light, and a chance for them to be heard.

Even if it dedicates a fair amount of time to the "work" of the universities and the system in keeping these rapes silenced, this is not just a documentary on the reasons behind the cover-ups, but much more. It is the story of the victims and of how some of them have gotten together to try to stop the culture that protects the attackers from being persecuted.

The filmmakers do a very good job in explaining the situation and in giving all the victims a fair amount of time. The stories are balanced and all the factors are easily explained so the viewer can understand how it is these rapes are being, in the majority of cases, just plain ignored.

As said in the summary, this is one of those movies that everyone should watch.


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