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Breach of Trust explores the University of Southern California's institutional cover up involving former full-time gynecologist George Tyndall. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter; Matt Hamilton, guides us through this three decade old scandal, which has only recently surfaced to the public in 2017 after a Nurse named Cindy Gilbert reported Tyndall to the campus rape crisis center. Gilbert goes in front of the camera for the first time ever to explain her struggle to speak up for the protection of the students. We also hear straight from the survivors as they explain the lasting effects Tyndall has had on them. Fortunately, these brave survivors, out of the hundreds of women, have been empowered to speak out and advocate for institutional change.
A systematic cover-up of sexual violence over 30 years. Surprising? Not at all. What is a crime when done once, becomes not-a-crime when done continuously. Violence against women becomes not-a-crime if it had continued on for several years. However, shining beacon of light are people who, against the odds, followed their principles and managed to overcome the self-doubt. Here is to hoping a society where those who uphold their duties, and those who follow their intuition, are not hurt again.
Mishal Mahmud is a Pakistani writer/director. Her most recent film, Breach of Trust, is an award winning documentary short about the USC George Tyndall sexual assault case told from the point of view of the women advocating for change. Breach of Trust won best documentary at the First Look 2020 Industry Awards as well as best student documentary at the Impact Doc Awards. The short film garnered acceptances into Oscar qualifying film festivals such as AFI FEST, made it onto the BAFTA 2020 student film shortlist, and premiered online on Short of the Week. Mishal graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts with a masters in film and television production. Her most recent project, Witness, recently became the recipient of the BAFTA-GSA grant.