Rush (1981)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Run Time - 48 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Director Evelyn Purcell has put together a documentary on one week in the life of sororities on the campus of the University of Mississippi - the week of recruitment called "rush," a ritual that would be reminiscent of tribal behavior if most tribes were at a sorority level. Unlike the brutality of male initiations into their fraternal organizations, the women at Ole Miss are satisfied with a few incantations and odd-sounding rites - at least to the outside observer. The sororities here are courting white, upwardly mobile women while the rushees whose credentials are not 24 carat, bite their well-manicured nails in anxiety over acceptance. If a woman does not make it into a sorority, it not only means that she will be an outsider to the elite on campus, it may also mean she will not have the right connections to get set up in a high-paying, prestige job when she graduates, or to get into the "right" graduate school. So the anxiety level is high as the camera follows the performances, the antics, and the conversations that dominate rush week - and viewers can marvel at what tuition is paying for these days.