As a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Scenarios is providing this unique and powerful Screening Kit. Speechless examines sexual assault and recovery through power / powerlessness, empathy, communication, and gender stereotypes. Our kit facilitates active and engaging screenings with ways to effectively talk about sexual violence, and resources for both support and continued activism.
Jason Gutierrez is a Puerto Rican from New York City and the quintessential all-American guy. Status comes at a price as rumors spread that Jason is gay. With his identity questioned, Jason is pushed to understand who he is and prove how far he will go to prove that he’s just “one of the boys.” This film was written by Treviny Marie Colon and directed by Joel Schumacher.
Desmond has a secret he cannot share with anyone. His grades are slipping, rumors are swirling and he feels powerless, especially when he sees his sister being hurt too. With the support of his father and a new friend, Desmond is able to tell his story of being sexually assaulted and end the cycle of abuse. Desmond regains his power when he uses his voice.
Timmy wants nothing more than to catch the eye of his high school crush. Teased at school for being “Timmy Two Chins,” his weight makes him feel unmanly and invisible. A big mistake forces him to take a hard look at himself. Being manly and powerful is not about muscles, Timmy realizes, it begins with appreciating himself and the people around him.
At 18, Eliyah Howard thinks he knows what it means to be a real man. He learned nearly everything from his abusive father. But family, love, and tragedy test the lessons he inherited. Is it too late for Eliyah to re-define what a man really is? This film was written by Angileece Williams from Cleveland, Ohio and directed by Malcolm D. Lee.
High school senior, Tony Rodriguez, struggles with the decision of attending a college close to home or accepting a scholarship from a university in another state. Tony will have to confront peer pressure, cultural limitations, and family expectations to make his own decision. This film was written by Angelica Hernandez from Weslaco, Texas and directed by Cruz Angeles.
Rob is a young man who grows up watching his father abuse his mother. When jealousy brings Rob face to face with his own violent tendencies toward women, he confronts his father’s behavior so he can learn how to be “un hombre vero.” This film was written by Mariella Zavala from Pharr, Texas and directed by Joshua Marston.
Tommy is a young man who works hard to make it to graduation, to be a good friend and a good boyfriend, and to raise his three sisters. On his 18th birthday, Tommy must reckon with both his past and his future to define for himself what it means to become a man. This film was written by Earlaina Kemp from Cleveland, Ohio. Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber.