Academy Award Nominated Producer Amy Ziering Talks Powerful Film The Hunting Ground

Kids in the house recently sat down with Amy Ziering, the Academy Award nominated producer of the documentary The Invisible War, about her new film The Hunting Ground.

The Hunting Ground explores sexual assault on college campuses, the cover-ups that accompany them, and the devastating social toll on victims and their families.

Ziering, speaking recently with Kids in the House CEO Leana Greene, explains the film aims to “dispel popular rape myths that campuses use to justify inaction.  We also need to dispel this myth that ‘women are making this up.’ It’s just simply not true.”

This powerful film, which The New York Times calls “a blunt instrument of a movie that goes right for the gut, a must watch” and the Chicago Tribune says “From its first moments, the new documentary instills a sense of dread that is very, very tough to shake.”

Fresh off an Academy Award nomination for the captivating film The Invisible War, documenting rape in the military, Amy Ziering admits that she was focused on another project instead of The Hunting Ground.  But while screening The Invisible War, she and director Kirby Dick were receiving so many stories and emails about sexual assault on college campuses, they both felt this was a topic that could no longer be ignored.

Amy Ziering opened up to Kids in the House about her powerful film and some of the stunning revelations that came up during the filming of this documentary.

What horrifies Ziering is the lack of belief in the victim when they come forward with this.  “People often ask, ‘what were you wearing?’ ‘how much did you have to drink?’ and you would never ask that of someone who was the victim of getting their TV stolen.”

“Colleges needs to acknowledge the epidemic of rape happening across their universities.”  Ziering explains that colleges aren’t doing more because of the PR nightmare these crimes cause.  And even though they possess the resources to enact change, they fear the fallout from their name being sullied in the press.

Ziering wants people to do all that they can to change the national perception on this issue.  And it starts with the simplest thing.  ‘What’s the one thing I can do?’ people ask.  ‘It’s easy,’ I say. ‘Believe survivors [of rape].'”

In support of the film, Kids in the House will be hosting a screening of The Hunting Ground on October 27th in Santa Monica, followed by a live Q&A with Ziering.

And on Wednesday, October 28th at 5:30PM PST, join Kids in the House with top pediatricians to discuss the film in a Google Hangout.  RSVP here.

For more information on the film, please visit their website.

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