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Recognition for student film on rape culture

Published Jul 16, 2017

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A documentary highlighting the efforts of a group of Rhodes University students to stand up against rape culture on their campus has received recognition.

“DISRUPT” a self-made student documentary produced by the students of the news organisation Active, based at Rhodes University, has been invited to the International Images Film festival (lIFF) for Women in Harare, Zimbabwe.

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Active, a student-run organisation, has students produce different types of media to entertain and to inform the student body.

“It is a good opportunity for Journalism, English, or other students to practise their writing, filming, or storytelling skills,” said Michael Dorfling, director of the documentary who’s a former student at Rhodes University.

The film documents a protest on the university campus in April last year against rape culture and features interviews of the students and staff body, footage from the two weeks of protest.

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The International Images Film Festival takes place from August 25 to September 2 and has been running for the past 16 years.

In 2016 the documentary won the Silver Award for feature documentaries at the Eureka Springs International Human Rights Film Festival in Arkansas, US. It has also been screened at various international film festivals around the world.

“I am thrilled that the film has been invited to the IIFF. The protests ended a year ago, yet rape culture is universal and a problem all over the world and thus still relevant,” Dorfling said.

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