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The Hunting Ground

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Grim docu shines much-needed light on campus rape epidemic.

Movie PG-13 2015 102 minutes
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This should be required viewing for any young woman embarking on a college career, any young man who wants to understand why women have a very different college experience, and all of their parents. This powerful documentary exposes the epidemic of rape at some of the nation's most revered educational institutions -- and what makes it even more potent is its focus on two women who took their harrowing experiences and turned them into a movement to help others in the same tragic position. Annie Clark and Andrea Pino deserve special praise, not only for being willing to share their experiences, but for their efforts in organizing fellow students to fight back -- and then taking that fight to campuses all over the country.

Director Kirby Dick covered similar territory in his Oscar-nominated film on rape culture in the U.S. military, The Invisible War, and here he's trying to shine a light on something else that has been hidden for far too long. He humanizes the statistics behind campus rape, making the victims' experiences into something that not only teaches but compels action.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 27, 2015
  • On DVD or streaming: December 1, 2015
  • Director: Kirby Dick
  • Studio: Radius TWC
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run time: 102 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: disturbing thematic material involving sexual assault, and for language
  • Last updated: April 13, 2022

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