US, 2015; 95 mins
Audrie and Daisy are two average high-school girls who have never met, but share a horrible experience. They were both sexually assaulted by boys they knew, only to then be savagely attacked on social media. By juxtaposing their stories, filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk (The Island President) illuminate the larger societal epidemic of teenage sexual and online assault. “Wrenching to watch, but told with clarity and guts,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, this stunning entry from this year’s Sundance Film Festival goes beyond recent films such as The Invisible War and The Hunting Ground to paint a complex and elegantly conceived picture of both the women survivors and the men who took part, from the young assailants to a small-town sheriff to Daisy’s older brother, a surprisingly heartening voice for change.
Bonni Cohen is a producer and director, known for The Rape of Europa (2006), National Geographic Explorer (1985) and An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2017).
Jon Shenk is known for his work on Lost Boys of Sudan (2003), Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) and The Island President (2011).