Battleship Potemkin

A digital journey of screenshots from my viewing of the Battleship Potemkin. The images will be related to, and re-imagined with respect to my fictional movie regarding the institutional cover up and denial of sexual assault.

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  1. Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 11.30.52 AM
    Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 11.30.52 AM
  2. These words play across the screen after a higher ranking officer assaults a sleeping recruit. It is easy for him to hit someone who he feels does not currently, and will never have any recourse of action against them. In my movie, you will see three story lines. One of a college coach sexually assaulting young children, one of a girl being assaulted by a fraternity brother at a party, and another of an inebriated, passed out girl being assaulted by a 'friend'. All of the assailants will feel that they are in a similar position where they can assert their natural dominance and right without suffering negative consequences. 
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    Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 10.52.50 PM
  4. They send for the ship's doctor to inspect the meat that is clearly rotten and covered in maggots. The doctor tells them that is fine and to just wash it off and eat it. This will be parallel to a sexual assault victim being told that their case 'isn't that serious'. That is was merely a drunken night of ambiguous meaning and not 'rape'. It is clear that the meat is rotten and not fit to be eaten, and it will be clear that her case is in fact very serious and that she was raped. 

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    Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 11.52.45 AM
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    Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 11.52.25 AM
  7. The men who revolted were covered with a tarp before their would be execution for their 'crimes'. This image is fitting for the topic of sexual assault in my movie. It is the crime that is swept under the proverbial rug. People do not like to talk about it or acknowledge it too directly. They cover both the victims and predators. It is something that would rather not be seen. If it must happen, it is best if a shroud is put over it to protect us from the ugliness of it. 
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    Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 11.53.06 AM
  9. The scenes of the movie where the ship crew must finally fight back against their unjust rulers shows great courage on the of the part of the revolutionaries. It is frightening to 'fight back', but, it must be done. Similar courage will be needed for the victims of sexual assault in the movie. They will have to muster the courage to speak about what has happened and stay strong in order that justice may be reached and that they may, in a way, be freed from their burden, as well as prevent other's from being victimized as they were by their sexual aggressors. 
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    Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 8.57.19 PM
  11. After Vakulinchuk valiantly dies, his body is shown being transported as the screen reads "Killed for a plate of soup."  The idea that someone must meet such a terrible and unjust fate for such absurd reasons will be analogous in the added suffering that many victims will feel when their cases are covered up to spare the universities the embarrassment. Rather than face potential scandal or have to truly make big changes, it is easier to maintain the status quo- regardless of what that means for the victims and future victims. 
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    Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 9.00.24 PM
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    Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 9.00.21 PM
  14. The movie depicts women in babushka's mourning Vakulinchuk's death. This image of a women covered in black and veiled while mourning is perfect imagery for the plight of the female sexual assault victims in the movie. They are mourning a heinous, violent loss. Something has been taken from them forever. Yet, they must remain veiled. It becomes clear that coming out, and speaking up about their experience will lead to hateful backlash and more pain. They are relegated to the seemingly permanent position of the mourning babushka adorned women. 
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    Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 9.19.33 PM
  16. The image or a women holding her ill and injured son is one of the most powerful of the film. The boy's treatment shows the most grand form of evil, that of victimizing innocent children. In my movie, this will be shown through a basketball coach's repeated sexual assaults of young ball-boys. Their innocence will be stolen from them. The coach will take advantage of the weakest and most dependent people around him.
    It is also a fitting image for the adult victims in the movie. They feel as though they have had their innocence shattered in multiple ways. First, through their sexual assault. Secondly, through the shattering of what ideas they had about justice and honesty. They feel as though they have been indurated through their treatment as charlatans and troublemakers, rather than as victims. Rather than being met by compassion they are often met by skepticism and hatred. They no longer have their 'childish' notions of morality and justice. 
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    Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 10.53.39 PM
  18. After hearing the phrases "We won't forget" and "This land is ours" large groups of men and women cheer and unite. In my fictitious film, this will come in the resolution when people finally come together, bring forth honesty and accountability as a legitimate, open, and honest dialogue is started and measures are taken to secure sexual security. It becomes clear that the vast majority of people are committed to creating a society where victims can speak up and their testimony will be met with a proper, fair response. 
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