Big Ideas presented by Scotia Wealth Management: Netizens


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sun, Apr 29, 2018 6:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Program Category:Special Events & Big Ideas Series
Film Subjects:Activism
Feminism & Breaking Barriers
By Program - Sort:Closed Captions & Full Subtitles
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Cynthia Lowen
Producer(s):Cynthia Lowen
Executive Producer(s):Abigail E. Disney
Gini Reticker
Barbara Dobkin
Editor(s):Emily Williams
Writer(s):Cynthia Lowen
Cinematography:Cailin Yatsko
Rachel Lears
Leah Byrne
Rachel Elizabeth Seed
Barbie Leung
Composer:Nora Rosenbaum


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Featuring director Cynthia Lowen, founder of Feminist Frequency Anita Sarkeesian and victims rights attorney Carrie Goldberg.

As the online world becomes a hub for harassment, meet the women confronting digital abuse head-on. Anita Sarkeesian, founder of Feminist Frequency, and Carrie Goldberg, victims' rights attorney, join director Cynthia Lowen for a bold discussion about taking back the internet. Hosted by Steph Guthrie.

About the film
The internet is the largest public space we find ourselves in—and it has become a battleground. From award-winning director Cynthia Lowen comes an explosive documentary exposing the victims caught between the fight for freedom of speech and high-profile privacy invasion and harassment. Digital abuse, although carried out through the invisibility cloak of the internet, is still abuse and women have had their lives destroyed as a result. Online death and rape threats, privacy violations, stalking, impersonation, non-consensual pornography and more have caused women to silently suffer through lost jobs, thwarted educations and countless hours devoted to containing attacks against a backdrop of mounting legal fees and psychological distress. Anita Sarkeesian (feminist media critic, blogger and public speaker), Tina Reine (activist and survivor), Carrie Goldberg (victims’ rights attorney) and Elisabeth Aultman (producer) courageously tell their stories of confronting and overcoming harassment as they work to transform policy to make the web a safer place. Heather Haynes

About the host
Steph Guthrie is an educator who uses media and the arts to spark conversation about gender-based violence. She recently worked with Intervention Media Inc., co-producers of 2017 Hot Docs Top 20 Audience Favourite A Better Man, to seed discussions in schools, workplaces and communities about domestic violence and accountability. She has also worked with clients including White Ribbon, Mozilla, TechGirls Canada and Long & McQuade. As co-founder of Drunk Feminist Films, she creates participatory spaces for fun-loving, critical engagement with pop culture. She is represented by the National Speakers Bureau.

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Co-presented with The Female Eye Film Festival.

Additional Information

NOW - 4 Stars, "Insightful."

In the Seats - 3.5 Stars

Toronto Star - 3 Stars, "Compelling...timely."

POV - "Empowering."

NOW - "10 must-see films about politics"

The Globe and Mail - "At Toronto's Hot Docs festival, a distinctly female gaze"

Toronto Life - "Intimate and in-depth, Hot Docs' Big Ideas Series delivers enriches thinking about people trying to change the world for the better."

She Does the City - "10 Powerful, timely, weird & wonderful films you should check out at Hot Docs 2018"

IDA - "20 IDA-supported Films Screening at Hot Docs"

Toronto Life - "Intimate and in-depth, Hot Docs' Big Ideas Series delivers enriched thinking about people trying to change the world for the better."