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April 28, 2017

Survivors Speak

by prophecy / How to Tattoo / 0 Comments

This short film features rape survivors who discuss how the media propagates rape culture, how they are affected by the misrepresentation in Hollywood rape narratives, and the process of validation and healing. They shared real life experiences that reflected underrepresented stories, including being attacked by someone you know in seemingly safe environments, statutory rape, intimate partner rape, and the horrors of the Criminal Justice System. Their topics were transitioned by rape scenes from Last Tango in Paris, Les Mis, James Bond’s Goldfinger, Malena, Lolita, Clockwork Orange, Law and Order SVU, Marital Rape, and the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with voice overs of poetry readings. I drew from three poems. One was an original by a participating survivor, Hannah Elliott, titled “Similarities Between Drowning and Being Assaulted”. The other two poems that excerpts were drawn from were chosen for their ability to display sexual violence throughout history, mythology, and literature, and included T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” and Carolyn Kizer’s “Fearful Women.” My goal was to criticize media representation while at the same time juxtaposing the plethora of misrepresented rape narratives by using the medium of film itself to share the reality of this crime.

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