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Rhodes University rape culture film screened at #NAF16

The film makes it clear that the emotional scars of those events remain an issue.

FILE: Rhodes University students show their support for the Chapter 2.12 campaign. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A documentary on the protests against rape culture at Rhodes University has been screened at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

In April, activists released the #RUReferenceList, which publicly revealed the names of students and staff anonymously accused of sexual assault and rape.

Today, Disrupted was screened at the festival.

The release of names led to student protests about the culture of rape on campus, the erection of barricades, police firing rubber bullets and tear gas while removing those barricades, arrests and court interdicts, and the souring of relationships between staff, students and management.

The film, made by journalism students, is a powerful document with the voices of students and supportive members of the academy interspersed with striking footage of apartheid-style police tactics.

Less than three months has passed since then, the road is now open and venders have stalls on the pavements selling mass produced trinkets to festival goers.

But the film makes it clear that the emotional and institutional scars of those events will remain a lot longer.



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