If there’s one thing that Hollywood likes, it’s gratuitous violence. But, most would agree that Stieg Larsson didn’t much care for it. The deep underlying messages of activism and the strong renunciation of violence against women in his books ( The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest) are a clear testament to that. So is the strength of the women he’s created.
In the film adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, there are several scenes that either show or discuss graphically the rape and incest that occurs within Larsson’s story. Lisbeth Salander and Harriet Vanger (victims in the movie) show two versions of life after assault. And, in an effort to turn these horrors into something that will make a difference and hopefully produce positive change, Music Box Films has partnered with RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network).
Together, the two organizations are bringing the movie to rape crisis centers and college campuses for a free viewing to be followed by a discussion group. The goal is to support victims of sexual assault and to fight the problem. The film shows
To date, 125 centers/colleges have signed up to be part of the program that was launched this summer and will be promoted as the school year begins this fall.
ABC did a wonderful piece about the program and the impact of the Millennium Trilogy on rape victims, one in particular. You can read it here.
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