A Reason to Believe

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A Reason to Believe
Directed by Douglas Tirola
Produced by
Written by Douglas Tirola
Music by
Cinematography Sarah Cawley
Edited by Sabine Hoffmann
Release date
  • September 22, 1995 (1995-09-22) (United States)
Running time
109 min.
Country United States
Language English

A Reason to Believe is a 1995 American drama independent film directed by Douglas Tirola. The film is set in Oxford, Ohio and Cincinnati, Ohio and was released on September 22, 1995.


Charlotte, a popular girl on campus, goes to a wild party while her boyfriend Wesley is not in town. When she realizes she's become too drunk, she leaves the party. But Jim, who she danced with at the party soon joins her and she gets forced into a sexual encounter. Feeling shame and self-blame, it's hard for her to find the courage to speak her mind. When she does, many of her friends don't believe her. In the meantime Jim honestly doesn't think what happened that night was rape. But as members of his own fraternity and campus feminist groups begin to unpiece the grey areas, the ensuing experience challenges the trust and friendship of college students who thought they would be friends forever.


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