Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Laura L. Rahman's Film Broken Social Contracts

I was just alerted to this film project via Facebook by Kim Pearson of Professor Kim's News Notes.
Trailer to Broken Social Contracts© 2008/75 mins. is a feature length documentary where Breaking Silences left off.

It discusses how two historically black colleges confront accusations of sexual assault on their campus. Broken Social Contracts depicts the necessity for conversations in the black community on our relationships. Can dialogue go beyond music videos and lyrics? (YouTube Description)



It appears this film may also address accusations that if black women discuss sexual assault at historically black schools that they are betraying black men and contributing to negative stereotypes of black men.

The two HBCs featured are Spellman and Morehouse in Atlanta, but those schools are not the only places where black women face cultural pressure to keep quiet about rape and other types of sexual assault. Part of the problem is our definition of rape.

I was involved briefly with a project for a black soap opera about black college life and there was a female character in the story with whom two male characters had sex after she'd passed out after taking drugs. The young woman playing the character was talking about how she explored her character and made the comment about the devolution of her character was raped.

Her fellow actors, both male and female, didn't get what she was saying. I was surprised that the young actors, most of whom were recent college grads, didn't understand that having sex with an unconscious woman was rape, a topic mentioned in the trailer when a student talks about a male student justifying having sex with drunk female students.

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2 comments:

msladydeborah said...

Why shouldn't these sistahs be angry and let that be known?

I am all for coalition work. Hopefully there will be a point in time when a group emerges from both schools.

It is not healthy to be filled with anger, angst and fear without a release of those feelings.

There is still the language of evasion being spoken by both the females and males in this trailer.
I'm hearing the undertone of the conversation. Be nice even though things haven't been good. Remember image is what is most important in our view.

Yeah, right!
I firmly believe that until we are willing to stop giving ghetto passes to chaos, confusion and mayhem in our lives, the same problems that are rooted in our lives will continue to be nourished to grow.

This film needs to have a lot of attention drawn to it. The topic is too important to our collective health and well being to be ignored.

Dawn on MDI said...

How difficult is it to make the logical leap from "If she says 'no,' it's rape," to "if she is unable to say 'yes,' it's rape"?? I get discouraged by this stuff sometimes.