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Screening  |  It Happened Here

Part of Ideas Prime

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7–9 pm

Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium  

The Burchfield Penney presents the documentary It Happened Here as part of Ideas Prime.

DISCUSSION Following the Film:
with Director Lisa F. Jackson in person

Ms. Jackson will also host a workshop on Documentary and Social Justice on Friday, March 13 at 10:00 a.m. in Ketchum Hall, Room 118.

IT HAPPENED HERE, a compelling new documentary from Emmy Award winning director Lisa F. Jackson and producer Marjorie Schwartz Nielsen, explores sexual assault on campuses through the personal portraits of five students at three schools; Amherst College, University of Connecticut and Vanderbilt University, testimonials from college administrators, educators, mental health experts and legal scholars, “It Happened Here” breaks the silence surrounding campus sexual violence. 

In raw and intimate interviews, the students describe surviving sexual assault only to be met with apathy, disbelief, blame and retaliation from the authorities when they tried to report the crime. When they tried to get justice, they were ignored, belittled and shamed, while their attackers remained on campus with impunity. But instead of hiding away in shame, they chose to speak out, and found a way to force institutional change. 

LISA F. JACKSON has been making documentary films for over 30 years, work that has brought her awards that include two Emmy awards and a Sundance Jury Prize. Sex Crimes Unit, her most recent film, is an unprecedented verite portrait of prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office as they work to bring justice to victims of sexual violence. Jackson shot her last documentary in the war zones of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo exposes the horrifying fate of women and girls in an intractable war. It won a Special Jury Prize for Documentaries at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, earned 2 Emmy nominations and was broadcast on HBO.

Beyond Boundaries: Dare to be Diverse is Co-Sponsored by:
Buffalo State Communication Department
Buffalo State Office of Equity and Campus Diversity
Buffalo State Office of Student Success
Burchfield Penney Art Center
Grant Allocation Committee Grant 

FREE and Open to the Public


Ideas Prime is a series of screenings, lectures and conversations which create a forum for an exchange of ideas designed to understand how local, global and cultural  issues are interrelatedThis is a free program.