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UNC sexual assault activists Andrea Pino and Annie Clark release film at Sundance Film Festival

Andrea Pino and Landen
Andrea Pino and Landen

The film’s Chapel Hill premiere will be on Friday at the Chelsea Theatre.

The documentary, directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Amy Ziering, highlights the efforts of sexual assault survivors and activists on college campuses to combat poor administrative handling of and the general campus climate surrounding sexual assault.

Andrea Pino and Annie Clark, both UNC graduates who spread awareness about the issue of sexual assault on campus, are featured in the film and helped the producers connect with other advocates and explain to them why the nuances of this issue are so systematic.

Pino said the film makes a particular impact because it features survivors. Survivors were able to teach directors what it takes to come forward to report and fight against sexual assault.

“Our role in the film is very much as advocates and activists,” said Pino.

Because the directors began formulating their ideas for the film when Pino and Clark started to come into the spotlight, it was able to showcase how a small idea of a few people became a much larger issue on the national agenda.

“They weren’t breaking a story, rather they were following it,” Pino said.

Alban Foulser, the former leader of Project Dinah, said she hopes the documentary will get people to continue talking about sexual assault because the movie is connecting this issue with places people love — their universities.

“I guess since UNC is apparently featured in the movie...I think it will kind of bring it closer to home for some people and hopefully make people realize that this is a problem here and at other schools,” she said.

Pino said many people who have viewed the film believe it should be a mandatory component of freshman orientations.

“It definitely is the first in depth look at how systematic this problem is and how widespread it is,” she said.

“It shows how much there is left to do.”

Maddy Frumkin, co-chairwoman of Project Dinah, said while the film is a good way to raise awareness and show survivors support, it could be triggering.

Frumkin said there is always room for improvement in helping survivors and that it is important that they know they are supported and have a voice.

“(We need to) continue to support students whether they choose to report their experiences formally or not.”

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