I watched this film in a film class to focus on the filmmaking aspects of the documentary, not so much the subject matter, but when watching a documentary like this, one can't help but pay attention to the material.
The film is truly eye-opening. Obviously, when watching a documentary, viewers must be careful of bias. With this film, however, the information seemed to be pretty well supported. Most of the information and statistics presented in the film are supported by multiple sources. Whether or not these sources are reliable, I do not know, however I do know that when the same information appears in multiple sources, it is more likely to be accurate. The film also had some support from "insider" sources who had once been a part of the system that they are accusing of committing this wrong. The documentary also handled potentially controversial subjects well. For example, with the case of Jameis Winston, the documentary focused less on whether or not Winston actually did it and more on the treatment of the accusation by the school and law enforcement. There are some ways that the film could have better presented their information, however. For example, one of the times that they are listing statistics for amount of accusations vs. amount of punishments for multiple colleges, the range changes, which can provide inconsistency and make one college look worse than another, whereas they might average out. The technical aspects of the film, such as cinematography and score, among other things, were also very well done. I will say, however, that the film is built in a way to anger the audience, which can be a sign of bias.
So overall, I thought that "The Hunting Ground" was a well-made documentary. I thought that the information seemed pretty well sourced, however I have not done any further research to see if these sources are reliable. The film is definitely not for everyone, though, as some people may have a hard time listening to victims' accounts of sexual assault.
The Hunting Ground
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: Netflix in a class.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe, but it's a bit hard to watch.
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