The ubiquity of important movements like #MeToo and Time’s Up may make it seem like the war against harassment and assault is finally being won. Unfortunately there is much that still needs to be done.
This explosive documentary exposes the victims caught between the fight for freedom of speech and high-profile privacy invasion and harassment. Online death and rape threats, privacy violations, stalking, impersonation, non-consensual pornography and more have caused women to silently suffer through lost jobs, thwarted education and countless hours devoted to containing attacks against a backdrop of mounting legal fees and psychological distress. Netizens focuses primarily on the stories of three women: victims’ rights attorney Carrie Goldberg, feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian, and activist and survivor Tina Raine, each of whom has had personal experience with harassment. Though the film mainly focuses on their stories, the full picture of systemic harassment and abuse online is painted, and it feels like we are seeing the stories of millions. In many ways, we are.
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