This documentary by award-winning film director Kirby Dick examines the national crisis of sexual assault on college campuses—from fraternity houses to locker rooms— and what is (or is not) being done to address these crimes.
Director, Kirby Dick, and survivor and anti-sexual violence activist, Sofie Karasek, joined FOLCS for a Conversation after a screening of The Hunting Ground.
Kirby Dick is a two time Emmy-award winning and Academy award-nominated documentary film director. His most recent film, The Hunting Ground, a monumental exposé about sexual assault on college campuses, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and will have its television premiere on CNN this fall. His previous film, The Invisible War, a groundbreaking investigation into the epidemic of rape within the US military, won two Emmy Awards for Best Documentary and Outstanding Investigative Journalism, a Peabody Award, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He also directed Twist of Faith, the story of a man confronting the trauma of his past sexual abuse by a Catholic priest, which received an Oscar nomination. Other films include This Film is Not Yet Rated, a breakthrough investigation of the MPAA’s secretive film ratings system, and D, a complex portrait of the world-renowned French philosopher Jacques Derrida.
Sofie Karasek is an anti-sexual violence activist and a co-founder of End Rape on Campus, a survivor advocacy organization dedicated to ending sexual violence through survivor support, public education, and policy reformation. Prior to her graduation from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015, she spearheaded several federal gender discrimination complaints against Berkeley and has assisted students nationwide in holding universities accountable to Title IX. Sofie has also been a leading advocate for California’s groundbreaking affirmative consent law and her work has been featured in national and international media including Wall Street Journal,Guardian, CNN, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Marie Claire. Sofie is also a subject in the documentary The Hunting Ground, which premiered at Sundance in 2015.