There will be a free screening of the award-winning documentary The Hunting Ground on Monday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. sponsored by the Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and Charlevoix Cinema III.
The Hunting Ground highlights the epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses across the country. The film was produced and directed, respectively, by Academy Award nominees Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick.
“Even though we do not have any residential college campuses in Charlevoix County, this is a very important film for our community to see,” Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof said. “It shows the impact sexual assaults and other crimes have on the victims involved.”
“We also have a large number of current and future college students in our county,” Telgenhof continued. “It is important that our parents and students know more about this very important issue.”
The film is brought to Charlevoix County through a grant obtained by Libby Mikulski, the Victim Advocate for the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, through the Crime Victim Services Commission, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan.
It is an early kickoff for Crime Victims’ Rights Week which is April 10-16.
The Hunting Ground premiered in 2015 at the Sundance Film Festival and was named Best Documentary by the Chicago Film Critics, St. Louis Film Critics, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics, Utah Film Critics. The film was also officially shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary.
Following the film, there will be a Q & A session about the movie and sexual assault issues with members of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, law enforcement and the Women’s Resource Center. Free refreshments will be provided.