Rape Culture in India Project gets Kickstarted
(Pix courtesy: Kickstarter)
Boston student Eric Holland has tapped crowd funding site Kickstarter to create a short film about the so called “Rape Culture in India” and how it can be stopped.
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The 20-minute documentary will identify cultural and political factors that perpetuate rape culture in India.
A standalone photo essay will accompany the film.
Who is Eric Holland?
Eric is a second-semester freshman at Northeastern University in Boston.
The young fellow hails from Apple Valley in Minnesota and has acted in a short film about depression.
Rape Culture in India will be Eric’s first time behind the camera.
Last week, Eric raised $1,010 from Kickstarter to buy camera equipment and software for the Rape Culture in India project.
Laudable as Eric’s motive is, I can’t fathom the key goal behind his mission – To raise awareness about the Rape Culture in India.
In today’s 24/7 world of a million newspapers, billion TV channels and a gazillion blogs, is there anyone anywhere in this galaxy unaware of the rape problem in India?
Truth be said, the world is over-saturated with information about rapes in India.
Even if there were a mythical goose unaware of rape in India, surely the Nirbhaya incident of December 2012 would have raised his awareness too since it brought discussions of rape to the surface in India and elsewhere.
Here’s an excerpt about Eric’s upcoming Rape Culture in India film odyssey as noted in his Kickstarter funding page:
The ultimate purpose of our project is to raise awareness about the rape culture in India that enables the ghastly gang rapes we see on the nightly news. By using India as a case study and producing both a short film and research article, our team hopes to take the issue of rape culture down to a personal and emotionally tangible level, while still producing and disseminating new knowledge on the subject. In the process, we believe that we will see that our own cultural attitude toward rape is not very different from India’s. From this, our film and paper will identify steps that everyday people can take to eliminating prevailing attitudes about rape. If this short film stops just one victim from being blamed for being raped or even prevents just one rape, this entire project would be worth it.
Why Not Prison Rape in U.S.?
Prison rape is widespread in the U.S.
Although the issue has received some media attention, it’s nowhere near the coverage a rape in India gets.