An Australian film school, Media Arts Productions Skills (MAPS) showcases student work on their website and YouTube channel. As I browsed through the many thoughtful and well done student pieces, one film in particular stood out, as it hauntingly tackling the heavy topic of rape and sexual assault.

DAMSELS is a short but poignant film that tells the story of rape culture from the viewpoint of a young girl experiencing the lasting effects of sexual assault after her close friend, a survivor, is silenced. I don’t want to ruin your viewing with an extended summary, so please take a gander for yourself before reading on.

[Trigger Warning: The video contains a fictional audio recording of sexual assault/rape at the 4 minute mark.]

The film conjures memories of the high-profile sexual assault cases of the past year. For weeks on end, I watched Fox News reporters (and various other major news outlets) hold discussion panels on Steubenville, the commentary dripping with victim blaming: the perpetrated should have refrained from drinking, shouldn’t have gone to the party, shouldn’t have been wearing whatever she was wearing, etc, etc. I remember sitting on my parents’ couch, helplessly clutching at my face, screaming at the television in frustration that grown adults would blame a sixteen year old, or anyone but the perpetrator for that matter, for a crime that can only be blamed on the aggressor.

I love that this video highlights the effects of silence, and culminates in the main character, Nina, as she refuses to remain quiet. Her actions are drastic, but the strength of her message is not overshadowed by the shock value of her decision. 

What are you thoughts? Do find it as powerful as I did?

 

 

 

Photos via MediaArtProduction and The NY Daily News

Video via MediaArtProduction

An Australian film school, Media Arts Productions Skills (MAPS) showcases student work on their website and YouTube channel. As I browsed through the many thoughtful and well done student pieces, one film in particular stood out, as it hauntingly tackling the heavy topic of rape and sexual assault.

DAMSELS is a short but poignant film that tells the story of rape culture from the viewpoint of a young girl experiencing the lasting effects of sexual assault after her close friend, a survivor, is silenced. I don’t want to ruin your viewing with an extended summary, so please take a gander for yourself before reading on.

[Trigger Warning: The video contains a fictional audio recording of sexual assault/rape at the 4 minute mark.]

The film conjures memories of the high-profile sexual assault cases of the past year. For weeks on end, I watched Fox News reporters (and various other major news outlets) hold discussion panels on Steubenville, the commentary dripping with victim blaming: the perpetrated should have refrained from drinking, shouldn’t have gone to the party, shouldn’t have been wearing whatever she was wearing, etc, etc. I remember sitting on my parents’ couch, helplessly clutching at my face, screaming at the television in frustration that grown adults would blame a sixteen year old, or anyone but the perpetrator for that matter, for a crime that can only be blamed on the aggressor.

I love that this video highlights the effects of silence, and culminates in the main character, Nina, as she refuses to remain quiet. Her actions are drastic, but the strength of her message is not overshadowed by the shock value of her decision. 

What are you thoughts? Do find it as powerful as I did?

 

 

 

Photos via MediaArtProduction and The NY Daily News

Video via MediaArtProduction

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