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COLD HEAT NEWS » Culture & Arts, Entertainment, Featured Article, People » Shelly Skandrani, co-star of Cannes film “C-GATE”, and Dustin Hoffman’s, “Devil’s Arithmetic”, set to tackle/raise funds for anti-rape film, “COMMUNITY”-Are sexual predators smelling the “blood” in the water and getting off scott free?

Shelly Skandrani, co-star of Cannes film “C-GATE”, and Dustin Hoffman’s, “Devil’s Arithmetic”, set to tackle/raise funds for anti-rape film, “COMMUNITY”-Are sexual predators smelling the “blood” in the water and getting off scott free?


Shelly Skandrani, co-star of Cannes film “C-GATE”, and Dustin Hoffman’s, “Devil’s Arithmetic”, is set to  not only DIRECT, but also tackle/raise funds for her anti-rape film, ” COMMUNITY” ; Are sexual predators smelling the “blood” in the water and getting off scott free ? Is rape law the devil’s arithmetic or an undecipherable alphabet? Ms. Skandrani’s action, thriller film, “Community”, not only serves as a Rosetta Stone deciphering the disparities, which at times unbelievably sets the rapist free, but  also opens up the flood gates for a plethora of conversations on the subject—But Shelly Skandrani needs funding, $8k to get the film up and running—The law at times shames, blames and imperils  rape victims

Interestingly enough, Skandrani, an excellent and gifted, trained actress turned filmmaker, gained international fame via the Dustin Hoffman, Mimi Rogers produced  film, starring Kirsten Dunst, and  Brittney Murphy, entitled, “The Devil’s Arithmetic ” , concerning the Holocaust. She was aided by Hoffman himself in her immigration status, allowing her to remain in The United States.  In addition, The New York Daily News said, ‘It is the quiet, honest performances of young actors from the United States, Canada and Europe Brittany Murphy, Shelly Skandrani and Kirsten Dunst that carry this picture and infuse it with power.” Shelly Skandrani rocks.

These heinous acts have generated some of the most entertaining and heart wrenching movies ever made such as  “The Accused-1988”, nominated for the 1989  Political Film Society’s  “Human Right’s Award,  in which Jodie Foster garnered her third Oscar, among a plethora of other distinguished acting awards and nominations. This film portrayed  a woman being gang raped in a billiard room and the subsequent portrayal of her as a tart in court, as the rapists sought to escape untouched, symbolically shooting the middle finger at the judicial system. Other “rape” movies such as “Hard Candy”—–castration as punishment for pedofile  rape—– starring teen actress, Ellen Page, the break out award winner among many professional thespian circles and the 2006 Women Film Critics Circle Awards  winner;   who drugs a man she thinks raped and murdered a fellow teen and then castrated him. He later hangs himself; ; Sarah Butler , who in 2011, was sodomized, whipped and vaginally raped, in the SHOCKING film, “I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE”—she reciprocated by castrating, shotgun sodomizing, lye drowning, and vicious torturous killings; “Closure”, starring Jillian Andersen, who was gang raped , and who reciprocated with violence accompanied, with her lover, who  murdered her rapists; That is, after shotgun sodomizing a screaming rapist, while Jillian Andersen  wailed, “It is so disgusting!!”
 And yet, strangely enough, male rape is sometimes, in certain circles, is  a most amusing subject. Some  chuckle, such as in the banjo laden movie, “Deliverance”, as a man is sodomized , and made to make swine sounds; The ABC’s  1976 monster miniseries, which Won 4 Golden Globes ,and 23 nominations. starring Nick Knolte, “Rich Man, Poor Man”, in which an actor rapes a man saying, “I am going to be your new Daddy”; “Midnight Cowboy” starring John Voight and Dustin Hoffman, which contained , among many shocking things, especially in  the 70’s, man rape; but man rape still tickles the fancy–the snickers continue. Why is that? That is the very nature of  this conversation—–men are supposed to be and are regarded as  the strongest sex, for the most part and females are regarded as the weakest and most often are indeed  the most vulnerable concerning socio-economics, human rights, wages, funding and sexism, equal protection under the law–the 14th and 5th amendments ramifications.

Meanwhile, reality is so much more shocking isn’t it? Shelly Skandrani describes her film as a discourse into a rather troubling subject; Rape, and how the judicial system treats the victims. Her film is about the lives of five women. These women are connected via the fact that they are all rape victims. They have bonded and yet again, as they have isolated themselves in their own little world one of them is nearly raped again. This sets a chain of events off, as they snare the would be rapist and then form  a judge and jury dynamic. What should be done with him? Can they fairly dole out a reasonable and fair judgement ?

Skandrani expounds further by saying, ‘ Community is a psychological thriller about five women who have been raped in their past and now live together in a secluded farmhouse far from civilization. It is their sanctuary away from a world which has turned it’s back on them. One day, their peace is violated when a strange man tries to rape one of the girls! They capture him and tie him up in the barn and now must decide what to do with him, while trying not to let their emotional scars overcome their judgement!’ This thriller takes social matters into concern, allowing for an exciting and thought provoking philosophical conversation that is wrapped by action and suspense. The five women represent the five different stages of one woman dealing with rape; one is naïve, another silent, another overly warm and friendly, another is angry and vindictive and the last cold and detached. The film addresses the ever-timely, topic of rape, and the flaws of a justice system that allows 98% of rapists to walk free or be charged with community service rather than jail time. This film is truly an important subject, one that is a taboo to talk about, and even the victims at times are too embarrassed or ashamed to speak up and pursue justice for their wrong doings.  I want to start an open conversation about these issues. I’ve directed and produced a few other short films in the past but with no budget it was really difficult to get good equipment and keep everyone motivated, and still we got some awesome results! My last finished project is a music video, all I had money for was food, everyone donated their time and equipment. The Artist is Melanchloe and she is a pure artist who inspired us all.  You can see the video here:

So please guys, don’t think twice, the more we raise, the better the film, the more we spread the word against rape and sexual assault and then I can start creating feature films which matter and evoke change!
Thanks for reading and for your consideration 🙂


Furthermore, Skandrani said, ‘ Here’s a few rape stories I found that are pretty ridiculous.’  They are as follows:

KESHA! the singer! her manager raped her and she still can’t break the contract!
a cop!!
this one is crazy!
a two year old


On,  some very frightening laws exist that probably seem like a horror story to any woman so “captured”. The article explains and is called  ” The Middle East’s “Rape-Marriage” Laws, July 18, 2012-   (Quote)’This post is an introduction to the Middle East’s “rape-marriage” laws: Their content, historical origins, and prospects for reform.“Rape-marriage” laws are statutes in penal or criminal codes which, after the event of rape, exempt the rapist from punishment — if the victim consents to marriage. Combined with cultural notions of honor and shame, they often result in a rape victim being coerced by family, or courts, to marry her attacker. Today, eight Arab countries have rape-marriage laws on the books: Tunisia, Lebanon, Syria, Libya, Jordan, Kuwait, Iraq, Bahrain, and the Palestinian Territories. However, rape-marriage laws also exist outside the Middle East, particularly in Latin America.1 While there is a lack of legal analysis surrounding the laws themselves, there does exist “on the ground” information about how law and culture work together to imperil innocent women:’

Did you notice that even in the Middle East women are shamed and incarcerated by the very law that is supposedly there to protect them? I have noticed that rape with a minor, according to further reading on this site, gets one either death, life, 5 to 10 to fifteen years or hard labor or all of the above. However, though, just like in America, for the most part, the law there  protects males for the most part! Reportedly, just being born a female is a crime in some circles!!!

CONSEQUENTLY,  an article by Dr. Phyllis Chesler, of, 28 Oct, 2014,  entitled, “Punished for Being Raped and for Accusing Rapist: Women’s Burden under Sharia”, The doctor shows expounds more fully than I could, as it is documented how draconian Iranian and Middle Eastern rape laws are , but there I so much more to it and it is not as cut and dried as the media would have one think. Consequently, this article shows how important Shelly Skandrani’s movie may ultimately become: Possibly women’s plights not only in The United states may become more empowered, but also their sisters world wide, as well. I got to admit, being a woman aint no joke!! Dr. Chester’s article is as follows:

(Funds raised thus far for Shelly Skandrani’s movie, COMMUNITY”$2,692USD
raised by 74 people in 30 days-34% funded-15 days left-$8,000 USD goal-Flexible Funding)

Punished For Being Raped and For Accusing Rapists: Women's Burden Under Sharia

 by Dr. Phyllis Chesler28 Oct 2014

28 Oct, 2014 28 Oct, 2014

ISIS has just be-headed a woman in Baquba because she dared to resist being raped. In the process of struggling to defend herself, she actually killed her would-be rapist, an ISIS warrior. The woman was at home recovering from a medical illness.


This is precisely the crime that led to Reyhaneh Jabbari’s execution in Iran at dawn this past Saturday–except that the Iranian regime first jailed and tortured her for five years. Her life might have been spared if her victim’s family had forgiven her, but that did not happen. Her would-be rapist was a former member of Iran’s Intelligence Ministry.


And thus we learn that under Sharia law the penalty for resisting rape is torture and death for women.


What happens when a woman does not or cannot resist being raped?


In 2008, in Somalia, 13-year old Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow was accused of adultery (“zina”–in her case, sex outside of marriage). She had reported being gang-raped to the controlling jihadist group there, al-Shabab. The very act of accusing her rapists condemned her– but not her rapists– to a brutal death-by-stoning at the hands of fifty men. She begged for mercy, crying out up until the moment of her death.


Sharia courts in Pakistan have punished thousands of raped women who dared accuse their attacker of the crime with long term imprisonment. Bangladesh has flogged, beaten, and imprisoned raped women.


Families of rape victims in Afghanistan have honor-murdered their daughters for the shame of having been raped. Most recently, in 2014, one ten-year-old victim who was raped by a mullah in a mosque was saved, temporarily, by an Afghan and international woman’s group which has, so far, successfully persuaded her family not to kill her.


We have all heard about Aisha Bibi or Muhktar Mai, who reported her more powerful Pakistani gang-rapists and managed to get some convicted. She lives with permanent death threats–she also shelters other such rape victims and their families. A very powerful opera has been written and performed about her bravery.


We have witnessed the en-masse male sexual assault of veiled and unveiled women in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Human Rights Watch refers to this Square as “Rape Central.” Journalist Judy Bachrach, who lived in Cairo, documented the extraordinary level of normalized street harassment of infidel girls and women in Cairo.


I studied and wrote about an atrocious three day “pogrom” perpetrated by three hundred men against thirty nine impoverished women in 2001. Their crime? They had dared to work as cleaning women and secretaries for an infidel company. This took place in a province in Algeria known as Hassi Messaoud. The rapist-killers had been stirred to action by a Friday sermon against “evil” infidel influence and they tore out of the mosque.

Yelling “Allahu Akhbar,” they gang-raped, tortured, stabbed, mutilated, buried alive and murdered these women as well as other “evil” women who owned hairdressing salons. The police had to lock up ninety-five women to protect them from the rampaging men. Hundreds more begged to be incarcerated, but there was no more room. Incredibly, some survivors brought charges. Twenty-six men (out of three hundred) were sentenced to jail terms. This is nothing short of a miracle.


In many Muslim countries– and Hindu India– women have been viewed as tempting men, overcoming them, victimizing them,  and the men are not viewed as licentious, promiscuous, lusty scoundrels but as helpless victims. This used to be true in the West as well and to a small extent, it still is. Rape is now understood as a crime and is prosecuted, not normalized, in the West.


However, if the rape is known to a Muslim woman’s family in a Muslim country, it may mean her death sentence. If she and her family report the rape to the authorities, the rape victim (and sometimes her family as well) may be further victimized. Death threats are common. The rape victim is usually jailed and once in custody will be routinely raped and sometimes impregnated by police officers and interrogators.


What must we understand about such surreal and barbaric misogyny?


First, that to be born a woman in certain parts of the world is to be born guilty; being female is a capital offense. Girls and women must keep proving that they will not shame their families by a level of obedience and subordination that Westerners cannot truly comprehend. Memoirs by women– Somali Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Punjabi Aruna Papp, Iranian Marina Nemat, to name only a few– share details of daily, sometimes hourly terrorization and punishment within the family and at the hands of the state and religious authorities.


There are also memoirs written by men that are haunting and incredibly informative about Muslim-on-Muslim cruelty, such as the one written by M.H. Anwar about his life growing up in Kabul as a poor boy between 1914-1943.


Second, that when men from these countries, cultures, and ethnicities immigrate to the West, these attitudes and customs do not necessarily change. By now, we know that pre-adolescent and adolescent Caucasian girls were kidnapped, gang-raped and forced into prostitution by Muslim gangs in Britain; the authorities looked the other way. Why? Because they did not want to accuse Muslim men of perpetrating crimes lest they, the authorities, be accused of Islamophobia or racism.


Third, as Islamic fundamentalism gains territory and followers, life will become unbearably harsher for women.


For example, in October of 2014, acid attacks by men on motorcycles against “improperly veiled” Iranian women have increased on the streets in 25 cities, including Isfahan, Kermanshah, and Teheran.


The Women’s Freedom Forum of Iran has informed me that “demonstrators compared these attackers with the terrorists of ISIS” and described the Iranian “regime as Godfather to ISIS when it comes to such crimes.” Laws have been passed to protect the acid throwers, and the Iranian regime has “been “intimidating the families of the victims and hospital nurses and staff. Reporters are also prevented from going to hospitals to see the victims.” The Freedom Forum finds this “ominous,” and a sign that the regime “will allow these attacks to continue.”


On one hand, there is really little Westerners can do about this short of making common cause with the brave demonstrators. President Obama has showed no signs of doing so. In fact, he is seeking common ground with the regime, not with its victims, and not with anti-Regime demonstrators in Iran.


On the other hand, Westerners have already made a huge difference in terms of supporting shelters for battered women, rape victims, and intended honor-killing victims in parts of the Muslim world, including Afghanistan. Recently, albeit in a fairly lawless way, a group of Afghan men were executed for the crime of gang-raping a group of married women.


Finally, it is crucial to understand that Western capitalism, colonialism, or imperialism has not caused such barbarism. These customs are indigenous to these regions, ethnicities, religions, and tribes. It remains an open question as to whether Western-style education and Enlightenment values can successfully influence such barbaric misogyny.’


IN CONCLUSION, Let’s talk!  Again, Ms. Skandrani  must raise $$ to DIRECT, and begin the chat via her film dynamic, “Community” Should one open up a different  direction in the punishment  for rapists, such as castration, and vicious murder as solutions.? Certainly these are thought provoking images, much like the death penalty; some feel that violence, or capital punishment is a bit too draconian a measure to take—“too inhuman”. What should be done to rapists?

 “COMMUNITY”-Writer and Director: Shelly Skandrani,

Cinematographer: Ziv Sade
1st Assistant Director: Ronit Bitan
Sound: Steve William Gonzalez, is a producer & crew member with 14 years of filmmaking experience.
(Funds raised thus far for Shelly Skandrani’s movie, COMMUNITY”$2,692USD
raised by 74 people in 30 days-34% funded-15 days left-$8,000 USD goal-Flexible Funding)






































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