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Wolf - Short Film

Wolf is a collective call to bravery through transparency created by Alexis Hunley and Annabelle Freedman.  Creating consent culture will take the care and imagination of many of us.  Throughout this film, we face our fears, unpack the structures that uphold our distorted disconnects, and imagine the bliss of accountability together.

This website is a landing page for resources, movements, orgs, people, and recommended readings that inspire us to envision ongoingness beyond the disposability of carceral systems.  Please let us know if you have any suggestions for additional resources to add. 

Who are we without us?

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Resources, Orgs, Movements:

- Safe Outside the System (SOS) from Audre Lorde Project

- Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective (BATJC) 

- Philly Stands Up!

- GenerationFIVE

- LA LGBT Center

- Trans Lifeline 

- Me Too Movement

- Peace Over Violence

- East Los Angeles Women’s Center

- It Gets Better

- The Trevor Project

- The Joyful Heart Foundation 

- Critical Resistance 

- Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)

- Critical Resistance

- Native Women's Association of Canada

- End Rape on Campus

- The Fireweed Collective

- The Rape Treatment Center at UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

- Oakland Power Projects

- National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)

- Women’s Funding Network

- UBUNTU

- National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)

- Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights

- Avon Foundation for Women

- BYP100

- Women’s Center For Creative Work

Writers, Organizers, Artists, Community Members:

- Mariame Kaba

- Mia Mingus

- Audre Lorde

- Tarana Burke

- adrienne maree brown

- Alexis Pauline Gumbs

- Michaela Coel

- Adrian Cole

- Ejeris Dixon

- Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

- Angela Davis

- Lara Brooks

- Amanda Aguilar Shank

- Blyth Barnow

- YaliniDream

- Janae E Bonsu

-Audrey Huntley

- Kai Cheng Thom

- Amita Swadhin

- Staci K. Haines

- Raquel Lavina

- Chris Lymbertos

- Nathan Shara

- Monica Forrester

- Elene Lam

- Chanelle Gallant

- Elisabeth Long

- Shira Hassan

- Mimi Kim

- Jeremy Woody

- Keshia Scott

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Recommended Readings:

- Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement Edited by Ejeris Dixon and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

- We Do This Til We Free Us by Mariame Kaba

- Decarcerating Disability by Liat Ben-Moshe

- Are Prisons Obsolete by Angela Davis

- The Body is not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor

- A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliott

- Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty

First Century Edited by Alice Wong

- All About Love by bell hooks

- The Will to Change by bell hooks

- We Will not Cancel Us by adrienne maree brown

- Feminist Queer Crip by Alison Kafer

Wolf:
Creating Consent Culture

A film by Alexis Hunley, and Annabelle Freedman, Wolf, is for and by queer femme survivors and aims to explore a specific and nuanced part of the power system. 
 
Wolf unpacks how men* who have been accused of assault often have a similar rebuttal; "I couldn't possibly be guilty, look at my beautiful family," or "I'm in the most healthy relationship, just ask my girlfriend!" We’ve all heard this dangerous shield.
 
This tactic effectively pits Survivors against one another. It prioritizes the reputation of the accused over the emotional or physical well-being of their supposed loved ones. Their family and lovers become props. Wolf explores the twisted feeling that this response provokes in relationships between survivors. It depicts symptoms of sexual assault (such as body dysmorphia, disassociation, and overcompensation) as well as fears that survivors face in private and with each other.
 
Wolf centers Survivors and their relationships with one another as well as the feelings of dissociation, rage, fear, and betrayal. The film is from the POV of the accused person. As such, he is invoked to look closer simultaneously with the viewer. He is made acutely aware of his gruesome impact as shown by survivors. This parallels how accountability is most often achieved in the world beyond this video. In being called to account, he is given the gift of the belief that he can do better.
 
Within the film, a flower-filled panel of Survivors as well as a dancing duo were prompted to discuss what safety and bliss feel like. Where do you find joy? How can we create spaces in which we are brave enough to offer each other repair?
 
As the systems of harm invariably pull themselves under, we have the challenge and the change to hold each other as we actualize a culture of consent. 
 

*In this film, we are exploring a scenario in which the abuser is a cis-white male. While anyone is capable of abuse, cis-white men have the social position to leverage these harmful defense tactics when accused.  Additionally, while people who have experienced abuse spans genders, cis men are the most likely group to commit abuse.  

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