Isabel Bader Theatre Mon, Apr 30, 2018 10:00 AM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sat, May 5, 2018 10:00 AM
Open captions, ASL for intro/Q&A
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Program Category:Silence Breakers
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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Also screening in the Big Ideas Series presented by Scotia Wealth Management

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

Note: On May 5 at 10:00 a.m., the film will be screened with open captions.

Co-presented with The Female Eye Film Festival.

Silence Breakers program presented in partnership with OXFAM CANADA.

Additional Information

NOW - 4 Stars, "Insightful."

Sean Kelly on Film - 4 Stars, "Female victims of online harassment fight back."

In the Seats - 3.5 Stars

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

POV - "Empowering."

Reel Screen - "Hot Docs ’18: Exposing digital harassment in “Netizens”"

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"