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Social Justice

FilmForum: A Girl Named C

Saturday, March 30, 2019
4:00 p.m. - 5:40 p.m.

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One in four girls and one in six boys in America will experience sexual assault before the age of 18. While the numbers are staggering, these victims are anything but statistics. A GIRL NAMED C, a documentary illustrating the life-altering rape of an 11-year-old, forces the uncomfortable topic of child sexual assault into the limelight. The unforgettable events C kept secret in her suburban New Jersey home sparked a change her parents noticed instantly. Their once joyful, caring daughter had become sullen, angry, and closed off. With no inkling of such a thing as rape nor any support from the school after their daughter’s mysterious transformation, the family relocates to Colorado for a fresh start. It isn’t until C feels some distance she is able to face her horror and allow the painful healing to begin. With an almost whimsical overlay of C’s actual drawings and self-portraits, the film marries a childlike artistry with the heart-wrenching toll of assault on a child and her entire family.

Join us to discuss the question: How do you find words for the unspeakable?

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