It’s not an easy subject to talk about…but somebody’s gotta do it. Jon Shenk and his wife Bonnie Cohen explore the online bullying faced by sexual assault victims in the film ‘Audrie & Daisy,’ which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 25. But why did they make this powerful movie? Watch and find out!
Audrie & Daisy tells the story of two young girls who are sexually assaulted at different parties, and are faced with “relentless” bullying in the aftermath. But directors Jon Shenk and Bonnie Cohen say it’s not just victims of this horrific abuse that could stand to benefit from seeing the powerful film. Check out their interview from the Sundance Film Festival to get the scoop!
“Unfortunately, sexual assault is not a new story, but what’s become untenable for the young girls who get involved in these incidents is the social media bullying that goes on afterwards,” Bonnie explains. “Because often there are pictures, videos, and in the case of our two girls, both of those stories had national press attention due to the social media piece involved in that story. So for the young girls, it just because impossible to contain the kind of public square of shame that they’re finding themselves in.”
But Jon says he wants boys to see the movie, too, because they can also learn a lot from hearing Audrie and Daisy’s stories. What exactly? Check out the interview above to find out!
HollywoodLifers, are you interested in seeing Audrie & Daisy? What film from Sundance are YOU most excited about?