A needed conversation. So this is a documentary that takes a deeper look on two infamous sexual assault cases of two girls in recent years: Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman. Don’t worry, I get it. You read that plot synopsis to this, and there’s not a highly likelihood that you will be chomping at the bit to watch this. It would be positively wonderful if this was a topic that didn’t need attention, but we don’t live in a perfect world. In the day and age of people like Brock Turner, this is a conversation that begs to be had, and this is a documentary that demands your attention.
You need to watch it, but it’s sure to put a mighty big damper on your day.
Now these are both stories that you may have missed. I know I did. The story of Audrie doesn’t take all that long to tell, because it got so bad and mentally scarring that the poor girl ended up committing suicide, which is something that I am sure happens way more than what ultimately gets reported. What makes this documentary so great is that it breaks down the mindset and the thought process of why a girl WOULDN’T want to come forward with this. There is so much shame and life changing reputation shifts, it is almost easier to try and deal with it internally and work through your demons alone. It should not be this way, and this is something that needs to be changed in our society, but I don’t have the first idea on how to fix the problem. To see an example of this, you need not look any further than the case of Daisy. She came forward and it blew up well beyond the scope of what she wanted, getting national news coverage. There’s an entire segment of tweets that came out after these privileged white men walked, and there are some truly deplorable hashtags to go along with it, like #daisyisaliar, #trailerparkfuture, and #jordanandmattarefree. You can totally see why somebody would want to keep something like this quiet.
It’s the type of tragedy that makes you disappointed to be apart of society as a whole.
Things are different with schools nowadays with the overwhelming presence of technology and communication. If someone were to take an embarrassing photo, it can spread like wildfire to the smart phones of an entire graduating class within a few hours or less. This is a documentary that is going to make you feel sad, angry and helpless all at the same time, and I really wish that there was some better action we could collectively take to fix the problem, but it isn’t the type of issue that gets solved overnight. I’m sure this will make you panic if you have any female children, and as an adult without kids, it makes you want to not even consider it, at least not until a lot of changes have happened. It’s hard to sit though, but it’s something that you should absolutely take the time to see.
Audrie & Daisy (2016) ****1/2
– Critic for Hire
Want to see where this fell in my list of best films of the 2016? See for yourself here.