Dear CCCA Friends,
We are excited to share that one of our Pact5 documentaries Slutwalk: A Day in Her Heels aired on Cape Town, South Africa’s Public TV Channel: CTV. They have a national viewing audience of over 2 million, and it aired twice on April 5. CTV is the voice of the community in Cape Town. So, it is a great platform for the Pact5 message.
Pact5 is an on-going collaborative documentary project among 5 universities: Rowan U., Framingham state U (MA), Northern Illinois U, Western State Colorado U, and Cal State Northridge. Slutwalk was made by Rowan students Lauren Stroz (Producer), John Breitling (Director), Eric Cheavers (Camera and Editor) during the spring semester of 2013 in professor Diana Nicolae and Ned Eckhardt’s documentary production class.
PACT5 is a national movement to prevent sexual assaults and rapes in colleges. What is different about PACT5 is that it comes from the belief that the documentary form, when produced by students, can create powerful stories that can change potentially tragic behavior patterns. Students are the ones who can make a difference in the minds of other students.
This kind of humanitarian collaboration of five universities combining skills and resources to create social problem documentaries, and partnering with a non-profit national distribution organization, Clery Center for Security on Campus, is a new and innovative way to address societal problems. The five universities want to become a source of preventative media that young people, their families, relatives, and friends will listen to.
The seven documentary teachers and over 100 students who participated in this documentary project believe in the power of student storytellers to make a difference. Documentaries give students a voice that other students can see, hear, and relate to. The conversation to educate people about sexual assaults is growing and getting louder. You can also make the Pact now. We need each other more than ever.