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Carey Mulligan’s Oscar-buzzy movie “Promising Young Woman” is being offered free-to-view to college students to spark a conversation about sexual assault.
Focus Features has partnered with Campus Circle and the anti-rape organization RAINN — the nation’s largest group standing against sexual violence — to host free virtual screenings of the Emerald Fennell-directed movie for college students on Thursday.
Stars Mulligan and Laverne Cox will then discuss the film with Fennell following the screenings.
The film, which follows a medical school dropout who avenges her best friend’s brutal assault, is being used to highlight ongoing issues of sexual violence on college campuses, as RAINN says that 13 percent of all students experience sexual assault or rape during school.
Campus Circle publisher Joy Calisoff said: “Sexual violence can affect not only the survivor but the people and communities around them. ‘Promising Young Woman’ has sparked important conversations about the cultural response to sexual assault, healing, justice, and bystander accountability.
“We thank Focus Features for making Promising Young Woman available to college students, who are at increased risk of sexual violence, to continue this critical dialogue.”
The movie has five Oscar nominations, ahead of the ceremony on April 25, including one for Best Director for Fennell, and Best Actress for Mulligan.
Students can RSVP for the free screenings and post-show conversation here.
“Promising Young Woman,” which was produced by Ben Browning — the new boss of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Archewell Productions and Archewell Audio — picked up the award for Best British Film and Best Original Screenplay at the BAFTA awards in London Sunday night.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to rainn.org.
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