REPORTAGE “20 Minutes” followed a screening of Yvan Attal's film with the students of Sciences Po Paris, very marked by the #Sciencesporcs movement last February
Suzanne Jouannet and Ben Attal in” Human things “. – Jérôme Prébois
- Yvan Attal's film Human things , which tackles the issue of consent , has been in theaters since Wednesday.
- This feature film deals with the story of an accusation of rape and prompts viewers to question the notions of consent, the denial of reality on the part of the aggressor, restorative justice or not…
< li> 20 Minutes attended its screening at the cinema with the students of Sciences Po, at a time when the school has just adopted a new system to fight against gender-based and sexual violence.
Some came alone, others with their classmates. This Thursday evening, around a hundred students from Sciences Po Paris attended. guests the screening of the film Human Things , by Yvan Attal, adapted; from the novel by Karine Tuil. & nbsp; A feature film & nbsp; which tells the story of Mila Wiesman, who accuses Alexandre Farel of having raped her & nbsp; the end of a student night. The latter, from the Parisian intellectual upper middle class, denies any forced sexual intercourse, in spite of the fact that the young woman would not have said & ldquo; & nbsp; no & nbsp; & raquo; & nbsp; He ends up being indicted and tried.
The L & rsquo; Arlequin cinema fills up very quickly, proof of curiosity; students for this film. And for good reason: & nbsp; this screening is part of a series of events organized by Sciences Po Paris & nbsp; as part of the new system of & nbsp; the fight against gender-based and sexual violence, put in place & agrave; the start of the academic year 2021. Because like all political studies institutes (IEP), the school was & eacute; e & eacute; e & nbsp; in February & nbsp; 2021 by the movement & nbsp; # sciencesporcs: & nbsp; an influx of testimonies & nbsp; on Twitter to denounce rape and sexual assault in their schools. The former principal of the school, Fr & eacute; d & eacute; ric Mion, had been forced to resign immediately, for having concealed the suspicions of incest targeting political scientist Olivier Duhamel, a prominent school teacher.
A session of the film & laquo; & nbsp; Les Choses Humaines & nbsp; & raquo ;, by Yvan Attal – D. Bancaud/20minutes
& ldquo; & nbsp; The gray area has been invented by men to justify themselves & nbsp; & raquo;
Etienne, a 3rd year student, would not have missed this evening for nothing in the world. & ldquo; I am considering a career in justice and have a strong interest in the treatment of sexual violence by the courts. And the fact that the attacker in the film is a Stanford student, who demonstrates a sense of power and domination, appeals to me. All major schools, and not only in & agrave; Sciences Po, may be concerned by cases of sexual violence. A few rows away from him, Clara, a master's student in public affairs, settles down. & ldquo; & ldquo; I read the book and found it; very fair. Because the aggressor does not understand that what he has committed is rape. The fact that the school makes us aware of the problem. these questions is important. Moreover, since the start of the school year, compulsory training has been planned for all students on consent, harassment & nbsp; and the risks of sanctions in the event of sexual violence, '' he explains. -she.
But no time to discuss further, the new director of Sciences Po, Mathias Vicherat, takes the floor and sets the tone for the evening. & ldquo; The gray area has been invented by men to justify themselves & nbsp; & raquo;, he launches, before recalling that the fight against gender-based and sexual violence will be & laquo; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & raquo; of its mandate. The school on rue Saint-Guillaume has also set up & agrave; the re-entry of a new proximity device; for the care of victims, via the presence of relay nurses on each campus, an externalized service, a reference to gender and sexual violence
& ldquo; I feel like things are changing in your generation & nbsp; & rsquo;
Now it's time for the film. During the session, several students get up and leave the room. Are there any sequences? unbearable for them & nbsp;? & nbsp; Certain dialogues of the film remain in memory, such as & ldquo; Who does not say a word does not consent, but suffers & nbsp; & rbsp; & rdquo;. At the end of the film, the room remains silent for a long time. moment. Clara doesn't regret coming: & nbsp; & ldquo; & nbsp; & nbsp; I think this movie can change the overly restricted perception that people sometimes have of rape and provoke a real reflection, especially among women. men & raquo ;.
Etienne also comes out with full thoughts & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;: & nbsp; & ldquo; & nbsp; The aggressor is condemned, but not & nbsp; out of prison. Which provokes reactions. Because one idealizes justice while it is not always remedial for the victim & nbsp; & rsquo;. & Nbsp; M & eacute; lissa, freshly graduated from Sciences Po, n & rso; regret & nbsp; & nbsp; & ldquo; & nbsp; I think the students who saw the movie already felt concerned by the topic. But those who would really need to question themselves did not come, and we are really struggling & agrave; touch them & raquo ;.
& laquo; & nbsp; Replacing one violence with another will not be progress
It & rsquo; s time for the roundtable, & agrave; which participate Karine Tuil, Yvan Attal, but also & nbsp; Julie Fabreguettes, lawyer at the Paris Bar, and Genevi & egrave; ve Fraisse, philosopher of feminist thought. The opportunity for them to tackle the notion of consent, the legal definition of rape, the difficulty; for a victim to file a complaint, the denial of the crime by the aggressor & hellip; In the room, some students wait impatiently to speak.
& ldquo; & ldquo; What is sad is that we come from there & rsquo; & eacute; educate men & agrave; do not rape us. Women grow in mistrust & agrave; theirs. We are surrounded by sexual abusers. How can we harm them & agrave; our turn? & nbsp; & rsquo ;, asks one of them. & ldquo; Replacing one violence with another will not be social progress, & rdquo; replies Julie Fabreguettes. Karine Tuil also tries to give her some hope & nbsp; & nbsp; & ld; & nbsp; I have the impression that things are changing in your generation.
& ldquo; & nbsp; This is not & rsquo; we & rsquo; educate men & rsquo; & rdquo;
Another student takes the floor: & nbsp; & ldquo; & nbsp; Most of the rapes are committed by someone close to the victim. This is not & rsquo; We & rsquo; ve educated men, we have reached a point of very strong exasperation & nbsp; & rdquo ;, she launches angrily. A student, member of SOS homophobia, answers him: & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; When I do interventions in school environment, I decide to build prejudices. Because it is only through dialogue that we will get there. live in a world of respect & nbsp; & raquo ;.
Leaving the room, Etienne also wants to believe & agrave; a possible progress & nbsp; & nbsp; & ldquo; & nbsp; By dint of talking about this subject, mentalities will change. The governance of high schools has also evolved. on these issues in recent years & nbsp; & raquo ;. & ldquo; & l & rsquo; The psychological and legal support of victims & nbsp; by schools is much improved & rsquo; from # Sciencesporcs & nbsp; & raquo ;, also comments M & eacute; lissa. And despite; the cold, the students stay a long time in front of the cinema to brief the film and the debate. Too many motions and thoughts in mind.