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Sept. 10: Documentary Film, 'The Line'

Film and discussion with filmmaker will address sexual violence.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 9-8-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Film maker Nancy Schwartzman will show a screening of her 24-minute documentary film, “The Line,” which is on the subject of sexual violence, and then lead a discussion from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10 in Ostrander Auditorium, located in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union.

The discussion led by Schwartzman after the film screening is intended to be an interactive, educational and provocative discussion about sex, consent, coercion and legal rights.

The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided following the discussion.

A summary of the “The Line” that is available online at includes the following description of the film: “A young woman is raped when a one-night stand far from home goes terribly wrong. In the aftermath, as she struggles to make sense of what happened, she decides to make a film about the relationship between her own experience and the questions that surround issues of sex and consent.

“Using a hidden camera, filmmaker Nancy Schwartzman goes head-to-head with the man who assaulted her, recording their conversation in an attempt to move through the trauma of her experience and achieve a better understanding of the sometimes ambiguous line between consent and coercion. ‘The Line’ is structured to invite and reward students’ trust, making them comfortable enough to discuss sex, consent, legal rights, and the politics surrounding gender violence while examining issues too often deemed embarrassing, shameful, or taboo.”

The film’s website describes Schwartzman as a media strategist and catalyst for social change who believes storytelling and technology can create safer communities for women and girls.

For more information, contact Laura Schultz, coordinator of the Violence Awareness and Response Program for Minnesota State Mankato’s Women’s Center, at or 507-389-5127.

The Violence Awareness and Response Program provides a safe, supportive space for students and others affiliated with Minnesota State Mankato. The Violence Awareness and Response Program’s mission is to reduce the pervasiveness and effect of sexual violence, domestic/relationship violence, and stalking.

The mission of the Minnesota State Mankato Women's Center is to foster a healthy, safe, and engaging campus community by enabling the full and active participation of women students in both their personal and educational pursuits at Minnesota State Mankato. The Women's Center provides programs, connections, advocacy, services, and leadership opportunities for all Minnesota State Mankato students.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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