The statistics are staggering. One in five women enrolled in U.S. tertiary institutions are sexually assaulted, yet only a fraction of these crimes are reported and even fewer result in punishment for the perpetrators.
Scrutinising the gamut of elite Ivy League, state universities and smaller regional colleges across the U.S., filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering reveal an endemic system of obfuscation, victim-blaming and denial – alongside the privileging of economic imperatives and a culture of male entitlement – that creates perfect storm conditions for predators to prey with impunity.
The film also follows the game-changing efforts of Andrea Pino and Annie Clark; survivor-activists who employed an ingenious strategy based on U.S. Title IX Law – which enshrines the right to gender-equal access to education – in a legal challenge against the U.S. college that failed to protect them.
A Q&A panel discussion following the screening will focus on the Australian impact campaign being crafted around the film’s local release. Key campaign partners will discuss how The Hunting Ground will be used to open up space for discussion and reflection on the issue of rape culture within an Australian context.
"A stirring call to action" - Indiewire
Co-presented by ACMI & the AIDC in association with the Victorian Women’s Trust and Good Pitch2 Australia
The Hunting Ground
A sobering exposé of rape culture on American college campuses from the Emmy award-winning team behind The Invisible War. Through vérité footage, expert insights and first-person testimonies, the film follows undergraduate survivors pursuing justice - and equal access to an education under the law - in the face of institutional cover-ups, harassment and belittlement.
A panel discussion moderated by Victorian Women’s Trust Executive Director, Mary Crooks AO, will follow the screening.