Sundance: Campus Rape Doc Screenings Include Crisis Counselor

'The Hunting Ground' filmmakers invited the guest: "At every screening here someone's come up to me in tears and said, 'It was hard for me to watch this because this happened to me,' " said Amy Ziering.

Among the hundreds of moviegoers sitting in theaters for each Sundance screening of campus rape documentary The Hunting Ground was a guest invited by the filmmakers: a crisis counselor.

“The film is very powerful, and there’s survivors talking about very painful experiences, and that can trigger someone who’s been assaulted,” said filmmaker Kirby Dick, who made the film with Amy Ziering.

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A crisis counselor attended each of the three screenings so far, including the Friday premiere at The Marc.

“At every screening here someone’s come up to me in tears and said, ‘It was hard for me to watch this because this happened to me,’” said Ziering.

The film, which follows several rape survivors as they fight for justice in the face of harassment, cover-ups and victim-blaming, will be released in theaters and VOD by The Weinstein Co.’s Radius and will air on CNN.

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Read the review here, and watch an exclusive interview with the filmmakers above.

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