To learn more on the issues that impact power-based-personal violence check out the following documentaries.
The Mask You Live In
Written, directed, and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Research shows that compared to girls, boys in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder, prescribed stimulant medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it.
Written, directed, and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Miss Representation explores how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in influential positions by circulating limited and often disparaging portrays of women. The film interweaves stories from teenage girls with provocative interviews, to give an inside look at the media and its message. The film’s motto, “You can't be what you can't see,” underscores an implicit message that young women need and want positive role models, and that the media has thus far neglected its unique opportunity to provide them.
The Hunting Ground
Written and directed by Kirby Dick, The Hunting Ground presents multiple students who share their story that they were sexually assaulted at their college campuses, and that college administrators either ignored them or required them to navigate a complex academic bureaucracy to have their claims addressed. The film implies that many college officials were more concerned with minimizing rape statistics for their universities than with the welfare of the students, and contains interviews with college administrators who state they were pressured into suppressing rape cases.
Directed by Lee Hirsch, Bully is about the impact and consequences of bullying in schools in the United State. The film follows the lives of five students who face bullying on a daily basis, by jumping back and forth between the teens to describe their lives. The film starts off by telling the story of Tyler Long and how he died. Tyler’s father speaks to us about his son’s social issues and how he knew early on that Tyler might become a victim of bullying. The filmmakers are promote Bully as an important advocacy tool against bullying in facilitating the anti-bullying movement.
Brave Miss World
Directed by Cecilia Peck, Brave Miss World is the story of Israel Linor Abargil was abducted, stabbed, and raped in Milan, Italy, at age 18. She had to represent her country in the Miss World competition only six weeks later. When to her shock she was crowned the winner, she vowed to do something about rape. The film follows her from the rape, to her crowning and through her crusade to fight for justice and break the silence.
Inequality For All
Directed by Jacob Kornbluth, Inequality For All examines widening income inequality in the United States. The film is presented by American economist, author and professor Robert Reich. The film is organized around a central "spine", in which Reich speaks directly to the audience about key economic topics. As Reich elaborates on each sub-topic, the film cuts to newly shot footage of real people and real lives, as well as archival footage and experts that address the points of his lecture. Income inequality direct relates to the services and treatment of low income victims.
The Invisible War
Written and directed by Kirby Dick, The Invisible War features interviews with veterans from multiple branches of the United States Armed Forces who recount the events surrounding their assaults. Their stories show many common themes, such as the lack of recourse to an impartial justice system, reprisals against survivors instead of against perpetrators, the absence of adequate emotional and physical care for survivors, the unhindered advancement of perpetrators' careers, and the forced expulsion of survivors from service.