Films

Deepa Mehta, director. Anatomy of Violence. Hamilton-Mehta Productions, 2016.

Trailer for Anatomy of Violence: 

Synopsis: Through a series of improvisations, Deepa Mehta and her cast of actors imagine the lives and motivations of the six men responsible for the brutal and fatal gang-rape of Jyoti Singh Pandey on a Delhi bus in 2012. Mehta ultimately seeks to understand “what makes a monster?” That is, her goal is not simply to label these men as evil, but to understand the societal, cultural, and historical factors behind these men’s choices to use violence.

Selected Reviews and Interviews: 

Houpt, Simon. “Anatomy of Violence examines the men involved in the Delhi attack.” The Globe and Mail. 8 Sep 2016.

Power, Tom. “Filmmaker Deepa Mehta tries to understand what makes a rapist in her new film.” Interview with Deepa Mehta. CBC Radio: Q. 6 Dec 2016.


 

Khan, Attiya, and Lawrence Jackman, directors. A Better Man. NFB, 2017.

Trailer for A Better Man:

Synopsis: After running into the man who viciously abused her for several years when they were in a relationship as teenagers, Attiya Khan invites him to participate in a series of filmed conversations about the abuse and why he chose to use violence. In discussing the abuse with the help of a therapist, and by visiting the places where the abuse took place, Khan and her former boyfriend Steve offer the audience an intimate look into the difficulties and the possibilities of confronting violence.

Selected Reviews and Interviews:

Tremonti, Anna Maria. “‘Has it affected him?’ Woman confronts her abuser in documentary A Better Man.” Interview with Attiya Khan. CBC Radio: The Current. 27 Apr 2017.

Doreen St. Félix. “After abuse, the possibility of ‘A Better Man.'” Review of A Better ManThe New Yorker. 19 Nov 2017.

Polski, Megan. “A Better Man documentary explores aftermath of abusive relationships.” Review of A Better ManThe Toronto Star. 25 Apr 2017.

Additional Resources:

“It Was Me” is an online interactive resource created as a companion to the documentary A Better Man. Through a series of audio clips, six men who have engaged in programs to help them stop using violence speak to the reasons that they chose to use violence, and how they are working towards taking responsibility and ceasing to use harm.


 

Kirby Dick, director, and Amy Ziering, producer. The Hunting Ground. Chain Camera Pictures, 2015.

Trailer for The Hunting Ground:

Synopsis: Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering’s Academy Award-nominated documentary The Invisible War (2012) offered an intimate look into the devastating impact of sexual assault in the United States military. In 2015, Dick and Ziering shifted their attention to sexual assault on college and university campuses, with a particular focus on the student activists who galvanized a cross-country movement towards holding their institutions accountable. The film features a man convicted of sexual assault on campus who details the motivations behind his actions.

Selected Reviews and Interviews:

Darghis, Manola. “‘The Hunting Ground’ Documentary, a Searing Look at Campus Rape.” Review of The Hunting GroundThe New York Times. 26 Feb 2015.

Witt, Joanna. “The Hunting Ground: ‘Like climate change deniers, there is an industry of rape deniers’.” Interview with Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering. The Guardian. 19 Oct 2015.


 

Cohen, Bonni, and Jon Shenk, directors. Audrie & Daisy. Actual Films, 2016.

Trailer for Audrie & Daisy:

Synopsis: In 2012, two teenagers on opposite sides of the United States were sexually assaulted by their classmates, and subsequently had virulent social media campaigns launched against them in an effort to discredit and shame them. Audrie Pott, a California teenager, did not survive her ordeal: she took her own life only eight days after her rape. Daisy Coleman, from Missouri, was driven out of the small town where she was assaulted, and narrowly survived multiple suicide attempts. Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s film exposes how Pott and Coleman were failed by school administrations, by law enforcement, and by society at large. The film features extended interviews – anonymized via animation – with Pott’s assailants.

Selected Reviews and Interviews:

Harvey, Dennis. “Sundance Film Review: ‘Audrie and Daisy.'” Variety. 30 Jan 2016.

Wakeman, Jessica. “Life After Sexual Assault: Inside Harrowing Doc ‘Audrie and Daisy.'” Rolling Stone. 23 Sep 2016.


 

Lindh, Thomas, and John Stark, directors. Breaking the Cycle. Yleisradio (YLE), 2017.

Trailer for Breaking the Cycle:

Synopsis: Breaking the Cycle compares the American and Norwegian penal systems, with an emphasis on the design and administration of two maximum security prisons. Lindh and Stark highlight the significant differences between the two countries’ approaches to incarceration, and does so not only by speaking to administrators within the system, but also by interviewing numerous inmates. The film does not focus on the social, economic, and racial dynamics and histories that have given rise to each prison system, but ultimately offers a voice to those who have lived experience within them.

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