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The Hunting Ground

The Hunting Ground
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Rated: PG-13  for disturbing thematic material involving sexual assault, and for language.
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: April 17, 2015 Released by: Radius - TWC

Incisive, socially-conscious auteur Kirby Dick hits a timely issue going on at universities that probably will elicit outrage among many a viewer and those unwilling and afraid to reveal their experiences. Especially from some candid first-person testimony.

The Hunting Ground hopefully will have the same kind of impact his look at sex crimes in the military (The Invisible War) did. It's been screened at the White House for good reason.

Now, the physical iniquities themselves and the aggressors aren't given their just due thanks to a bureaucracy where institutions don't want to lose their grants (Harvard recently received a $350 million donation).

From the joys of arriving to embark on a new journey in life through campus life unnerving stories and common frustration spotlighting two students and victims from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Andrea Pino and Annie Clark. An ignored nationwide problem is something that forced them to take matters into their own hands to urge others to open up to Dick via the Title IX act.

Date rape on campus is nothing new, but the statistics are eye-opening to say the least concerning numbers and percentages. Inaccurate reporting of rape at a University of Virginia frat house cast light on the issue by Rolling Stone magazine. But, it isn't about the misjudged point-of-view; those (including men) having little opportunity to come forth about being assaulted.

Heisman-Trophy winner Jameis Winston of Florida State is also included in what obviously is a one-sided, yet provocative indictment of a system that caters to what fuels boons more than what an unknown waitress who is thought to be a groupie avers. This Ground is hunted with decisive distinction in honest footage maybe someday leading to mandates that probably will compromise even the most prestigious, accredited places which will obvious produce those who shape our country's future.

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