Waking Up to Rape

A film by Meri Weingarten

1985 | 35 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. 99355


"If I were to choose only one film on sexual assault to show to a class or to the general public, I would select WAKING UP TO RAPE. This is a powerful film that examines the personal trauma of rape, its long-term psychological effects, societal attitudes about sexual assault, and the problem of racism in the criminal justice system. Three rape survivors (Black, Chicana, and white) courageously describe their rape experiences (acquaintance rape, incest, and stranger rape). The film also features scenes with women police officers, counselors, and self-defense instructors. Unlike most films, it offers strong support for women viewers who are coping with their own sexual assault experiences. I highly recommend it for college classes, everyone who works with sexual assault survivors, and the general public." -Feminist Collections


"Easily the best of its genre, highly recommended as a discussion starter."


"This supportive and enlightening documentary merits attention of school, community and public libraries."



Meri Weingarten

Meri Weingarten, Director/Producer of Waking Up to Rape, is the Director of Digital Media and Technology at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. In her role at USC, she oversees the management and strategic planning of digital media and technology in the School of Cinematic Arts production, post production departments, stages and facilities, computer labs, theaters, classrooms and television station. She leads the strategic planning and purchasing of media technology for the school's seven divisions, including Production, Animation, Interactive Media and Games, Media Arts and Practice, Cinema and Media Studies, Writing and Producing. Prior to her current position, Meri held an adjunct professor post at USC.

Meri is also a consultant on the advisory board for MediaBridge Capital where she works with the managing partners on acquisitions and investment opportunities in digital media and technology.

Meri's career in the entertainment industry includes award-winning work as an editor, producer, and director. In addition to Waking Up to Rape, her body of work spans television movies for CBS, ABC, and HBO, as well as PBS documentaries and Saturday Night Live. She has worked on numerous feature films including the Academy Award winning Harlan County, U.S.A. (1976), Arthur (1981), and Visions of Light (1992). (07/19)


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