Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Jul 2020)
Brief Synopsis – Documentary of how a town dealt with the fact that prominent members of the local high school football team sexually assaulted a classmate.
My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of before being alerted to it by my good friend Jane from 500 Days of Film.
I was blown away by the way that they present this very powerful story.
Things are shown in a very fascinating way that helps make it even more powerful to watch because of the various surprises along the way as things begin to escalate.
They do a great job diving into this very controversial story and do their best to try and make sense of all that transpired by also trying to seek answers to the how and why of it all.
The film utilizes present day interviews with some of the key personalities in the story along with archival interviews, media footage and police interviews in order to try and understand the sequence of events along with other unanswered questions.
This is a film that deals with some very sensitive issues, but they do so in a very gripping and respectable way.
Things slowly unfold before us and we begin to get a better grasp of the various ramifications of these events which were enhanced by the use of social media.
This isn;t a simple story, but they find a way ti handle things in a profound way that allows for it all to seem so informative and fascinating to watch unfold before our eyes.
Bottom Line – Fascinating film that surprises so often along the way. They do a wonderful job diving in to this very controversial story and trying to make sense of the events and most importantly the how and why of it all. The interviews shown along with real footage from police interviews and real media help make things so much more powerful. They deal with some very sensitive issues here, yet are careful to be a impactful as possible as we slowly begin to learn about all of the ramifications of these events caused by the use of social media. The story is not a simple one, yet they expertly handle things in a great way which helps keep things so informative and fascinating to watch unfold. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This film was partially supported by the Adrienne Shelly Foundation, a nonprofit organization that awards grants to female actors, writers, and/or directors of short films, feature films, and documentaries. The foundation was created by Andy Ostroy, the widower of actress, writer, and director Adrienne Shelly, after Shelly was murdered in 2006 at the age of 40. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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