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146 Ratings

The Hunting Ground

Directed by Kirby Dick
United States, 2015


From the makers of The Invisible War comes a startling expose of rape crimes on US campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families.

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The Hunting Ground Directed by Kirby Dick

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2016 | Nominee: Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

2015 | Nominee: Best Documentary

The old saying that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts, applies. The problem is not that Ziering and Dick have an axe to grind; that is the nature of advocacy filmmaking, and every film has an angle, vérité included. It’s that they throw dubious statistics at us as facts and offer next to no counter-testimony in an area where, because it’s one person’s word against another’s, solid evidence is notoriously hard to tease out.
June 24, 2015
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There’s a dicey feeling of familiarity to Dick’s new film, a sense of footage fitting into pre-existing slots, that risks weakening its undisputable notion that these women’s traumas need to be heard as individual experiences. Instead of putting a human face on appalling statistics, the faces are starting to look like just more quantifiable evidence for an audiovisual advocacy project.
March 05, 2015
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A blunt instrument of a movie, its power largely derives from the many young women and some men recounting on camera how they were raped at their schools and then subsequently denied justice by those same schools. Their stories — delivered in sorrow and rage, with misting eyes and squared jaws — make this imperfect movie a must-watch work of cine-activism, one that should be seen by anyone headed to college and by those already on campus.
February 26, 2015
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