VICTIM / SUSPECT
ART OF IMPACT | CALIFORNIA PREMIERE
Director NANCY SCHWARTZMAN (US 2023) 90 min
It’s estimated nearly half a million sexual assaults occur each year in the U.S. Yet less than one third get reported, only 1% prosecuted. Why so little justice for such crimes? One alarming answer is offered in this latest film by Nancy Schwartzman, whose prior Roll Red Roll explored similar terrain. She follows journalist Rae de Leon’s investigation of numerous instances where young women reporting sexual crimes were not only disbelieved by police but arrested and tried for “false reporting”—even as evidence supporting their claims was withheld or misrepresented to them. When officers treat a victim as a suspect, is it out of cultural bias? To protect the accused? Or simply to lighten their own caseloads? The answers are complicated. But it’s clear that in this realm, the system too often compounds trauma and shame by blaming the victim.
IN PERSON: Director NANCY SCHWARTZMAN, Film Subjects/Producers RACHEL DE LEON, AMANDA PIKE | Conversation moderated by AMANDA PIKE, Reveal/Center for Investigative Reporting
THURSDAY, MAY 11 • 4:30
REVEAL/CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING
NANCY SCHWARTZMAN is a filmmaker and author based in Los Angeles. Her debut feature, Roll Red Roll (2019), was nominated for a Peabody Award.
|RUNNING TIME:||90 min|
|PRODUCERS:||Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Alice Henty, Amanda Pike, Rachel de Leon|
|EDITORS:||Inbal B. Lessner, Kim Roberts|
|NOTE WRITER:||Dennis Harvey|