Roll Red Roll


Hart House Theatre Mon, Apr 30, 2018 6:45 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 4 Wed, May 2, 2018 1:00 PM
CC, ASL for intro/Q&A
Hart House Theatre Sun, May 6, 2018 3:15 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Program Category:Silence Breakers
Film Subjects:Activism
Crime & Punishment
Feminism & Breaking Barriers
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Nancy Schwartzman
Producer(s):Steven Lake
Jessica Devaney
Executive Producer(s):Barbara Dobkin
Geralyn Dreyfous
Chandra Jessee
Patty Quillin
Regina K. Scully
Abigail Disney
Gini Reticker
Editor(s):Chris White
Cinematography:Matthew Bockelman
Composer:Nima Fakhrara


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Small towns love their high school football and will go to great lengths to protect the players they place on such high pedestals. Steubenville, Ohio, is no different. When a teenage girl is sexually assaulted at a pre-season football party in 2012, the town goes silent. In a case that garnered national attention, it took amateur crime blogger Alex Goddard’s uncovering of disturbing evidence on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to spark a more thorough investigation, resulting in a wave of threats and cyberbullying directed at Goddard and, eventually, the conviction of two key offenders. With extensive access to archival footage, police interrogations and interviews with local townspeople, this turbulent documentary explores the complex motivations of both perpetrators and bystanders, unearthing the attitudes at the core of their behaviour and making a powerful statement on how deeply rooted rape culture can be. Heather Haynes

Silence Breakers program presented in partnership with OXFAM CANADA.

Additional Information

Toronto Star - 4 Stars, "Real-life thriller."

NOW - 4 Stars, "An urgent and necessary film."

NOW - "Ten of the buzziest festival films coming to Hot Docs"

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