The Hunting Ground


YEAR 2014

SECTION Doc Premieres


RUN TIME 102 min

The statistics are staggering. One in five women in college are sexually assaulted, yet only a fraction of these crimes are reported, and even fewer result in punishment for the perpetrators. From the intrepid team behind The Invisible War, comes The Hunting Ground, a piercing, monumental exposé of rape culture on campuses, poised to light a fire under a national debate.

In a tour de force of verité footage, expert insights, and first-person testimonies, the film follows undergraduate rape survivors pursuing both their education and justice, despite ongoing harassment and the devastating toll on them and their families. Scrutinizing the gamut of elite Ivies, state universities, and small colleges, filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering reveal an endemic system of institutional cover-ups, rationalizations, victim-blaming, and denial that creates perfect storm conditions for predators to prey with impunity. Meanwhile, the film captures mavericks Andrea Pino and Annie Clark, survivors who are taking matters into their own hands—ingeniously employing Title IX legal strategy to fight back and sharing their knowledge among a growing, unstoppable network of young women who will no longer be silent. —C.L.



Executive Producer

Artist Bio

Kirby Dick is an Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated documentary director. His recent film, The Invisible War, a groundbreaking investigation into the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military, won the 2014 Emmy Award for Best Documentary and Outstanding Investigative Journalism, a 2013 Peabody Award, the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, and was nominated for an Academy Award. Prior films include Outrage, Twist of Faith, This Film Is Not Yet Rated, and Derrida.