Audrie & Daisy
A documentary film about three cases of rape, that includes the stories of two American high school students, Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman. At the time of the sexual assaults, Pott was 15 and Coleman was 14 years old. After the assaults, the victims and their families were subjected to abuse and cyberbullying.
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★★★★ review by mikayla on Letterboxd
Has that sheriff been fired yet?
★★★★★ review by Smitty 🌟 on Letterboxd
"You have no idea what it's like to be a girl."
★★★★½ review by Ryan James Quinn on Letterboxd
The idea that someone could be taken advantage of and assaulted, then mocked / bullied afterwards rather than receive support is disgusting. If a person broke into my house and robbed me I would not be questioned for having my curtains drawn too wide, exposing my belongings and making my home appealing to a thief. Even if I left my doors and windows unlocked, I would still be robbed illegally. This is not the case with all crimes.
Although the Daisy content has more runtime than the Audrie, the spector of Audries suicide loom over the near procedural elements of the film. These victims endure further violations, specifically online. No one is comfortable being falsely branded by their peers, but to be consistently harassed or mocked gives no space to heal from the original wounds - and it serves to create a mob mentality towards defending the perpetrators.
We live in a world where a silly mistake can be instantly broadcast and shared with the world. Herzog spent some time with the family of the "Porche Girl" in Lo and Behold: Reveries of a Connected World - a portion of the film dedicated to exposing the cruelty people exude online. The current season of South Park has a running theme of online trolling, with the motivation being simply a dark release from an otherwise "stable" person coupled with a desire to become "popular" within the online realm. This film puts the elements of online taunting and sharing with criminal acts - and shockingly the youth involved don't seem to see photographing a crime and posting it as wrong. It's a perfect storm of the internets and humanities dark side coming together.
In terms of the postings, there is a portion of the film discussing a video of Daisy that is deleted. Maybe I'm responding because of Making a Murderer, but I found it very odd that the officer questioning the suspect gives him back his phone to "turn it off". The kid plays around with the screen way more than is required for a power down. Maybe it's ignorance, maybe it's part of the townspeoples insistence to keep these boys free of guilt -- but it looks like the kid deletes the video right on screen. And the fact that this isn't a crazy idea, that this makes total sense to me is the saddest part. A sherif who drives two young girls to school argues against the guilt of the boys involved, boys that admitted to the crime.
Circling back to Audrie, it's further upsetting that the identity of the boys is kept private. These girls are thrust into the awareness of so many people because of the malice of the boys, yet they are somehow afforded privacy. Their crimes create a lifetime of trauma to face for the victims, yet they are somehow protected from society knowing the truth of thier actions. The film shows support groups for victims, but I wonder what it will take to change this imbalance in our societies treatment and attitudes of these crimes.
★★★½ review by Josh Couch on Letterboxd
After watching this, Making a Murderer, and The Jinx, I have little faith in America's justice system.
This is an important movie that should be watched.
★★★½ review by Jacob Hinchely on Letterboxd
Sheriff: "This is one of the real fatal flaws of our society, is that it's always the boys. It's not always the boys. Girls have as much culpability in this world as boys do. So, you know, everybody has to take their part of it. And everybody has to do better."
Interviewer: "And I absolutely agree. In this particular case, though, the crimes were committed by boys."
Sheriff: "Were they? [laughs nervously]"
Wow. That is some comic book villain-level of evil right there.
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