Told from the point of view of women advocating for accountability and change, this compelling documentary by USC Graduate Mishal Mahmud examines the sexual assault scandal at the University of Southern California, detailing crimes committed by former gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall and exposing the active cover-up on the part of the administration.
US | 2019 | 24 minutes | Color | DVD | English | Order No. W211279 |
The high-profile sexual assault scandal at the University of Southern California involving Dr. George Tyndall, the only full-time gynecologist in the school’s student health clinic from 1989 to 2016, first made headlines when journalists Harriet Ryan and Matt Hamilton exposed horrific abuses in a 2018 LA Times, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative report. USC recently announced it would pay $1.1 billion to patients, making it the largest sex abuse payout in higher education history. Told from the point of view of the women and sexual assault survivors advocating for change, BREACH OF TRUST offers an inside-look at the abuse, as well as the institution’s complicity.
Despite hundreds of accusations and reports of misconduct, Tyndall continued his medical practice for decades, treating more than 17,000 women, without being held accountable. After USC supervising nurse Cindy Gilbert reported Tyndall to the campus rape crisis center in 2016, Tyndall was finally suspended and placed on paid leave. Anchored by stories of the survivors and Gilbert’s whistleblower account, this film chronicles the timeline of Tyndall’s crimes and his ultimate downfall. Director and USC graduate Mishal Mahmud compassionately brings the voices of hundreds of women to the forefront, allowing space for them to speak up and be heard.
BREACH OF TRUST offers important insight into an all-too-familiar story of male predators employed by high-profile universities (such as Larry Nassar at the University of Michigan and Jerry Sandusky at Penn State University) who used their positions of power to target students – and the administrations’ ensuing complicity in allowing the abuse to go unaddressed and unpunished.
"Powerful and heart-rending…the film shines brightest in the powerful and unguarded interviews it elicits from the women at the heart of the story."
"Engaging, informative, and multi-functional...Breach of Trust satisfies its goal of exposing corruption in a school that failed to protect its students. A valuable addition for social justice-oriented library shelves. Highly recommended."
SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
- Shortlist, BAFTA Student Awards
- Best Documentary, First Look, USC
- Short of the Week, July 2020
- Best Student Documentary, Impact Doc Awards
- AFI Film Festival
- Hollyshorts Film Festival
- Documentary Short Film Festival
- Woodstock International Film Festival
- Los Angeles Womens International Doc Fest
Mishal Mahmud is a Pakistani writer/director. Her most recent film, BREACH OF TRUST, is an award-winning documentary short about the USC George Tyndall sexual assault case told from the point of view of the women advocating for change. BREACH OF TRUST has won numerous awards, including Best Documentary at USC’s First Look 2020 Industry Awards, Best Student Documentary at the Impact Doc Awards, and landed on the shortlist at the BAFTA Students Awards. Mishal graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts with a Masters in Film and Television Production. Her most recent project, WITNESS, recently became a recipient of the BAFTA-GSA grant. (05/21)