SLUT OR NUT: DIARY OF A RAPE TRIAL

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(Kelly Showker, Canada). 70 min. Rat­ing: NNN Mandi Gray was raped in 2015, and the fol­low­ing year her rapist was con­victed in a Toronto court­room. Kelly Showker’s doc­u­men­tary re­counts Gray’s tax­ing or­deal of not only try­ing to hold her rapist ac­count­able, but the po­lice force, univer­sity ad­min­is­tra­tion and le­gal sys­tem that re­fused to take her se­ri­ously.

Gray is en­gag­ing and dy­namic on cam­era – even sar­cas­tic at times, which helps break the ten­sion during es­pe­cially tense mo­ments.

But too many el­e­ments, in­clud­ing Hol­ly­wood-style court reen­act­ments, af­fir­ma­tion art by Toronto’s Hana Shafi and nar­ra­tion by Jane Doe as an an­i­mated fox, can at times feel overly embellished.

Still, Slut Or Nut shines an im­por­tant light on Canada’s in­ad­e­quate sup­port sys­tems for sur­vivors and should be re­quired watch­ing for all in the #MeToo era. MDS May 2, 9 pm, Is­abel Bader; May 3, 8: 45 pm, Sco­tia­bank 7; May 4, 6: 45 pm, TIFF 3

Slut Or Nut should be re­quired watch­ing for all in the #MeToo era.

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