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A timely film that ought to summon everyone's outrage.
Cynthia Lowen, who produced the disturbing 2011 doc Bully, scores another infuriating triumph with her directorial debut, Netizens, which follows three victims of online sexual harassment and defamation.
What Netizens ultimately does is make a case for a complete rethinking of how society views women and sex, arguing that the right to privacy does not have to conflict with First Amendment concerns.
Perhaps Lowen's greatest achievement, though, is the way she conveys aspects of patriarchy and misogyny that are much more complex.
...keeps covering the same ground, and never quite tackles the root problems of this kind of aggression and how it's facilitated by online media.
Lowen's technique represents a refreshingly new dynamic of an uninterrupted 90 minutes of close-ups to women's faces as they address the still patriarchal entertainment and social media industry.
Insightful and quietly furious.
A powerful and honest look at a global epidemic.
A broadening out of the argument to examine what more can be done would have been welcome, but as a wake-up call about the impact of harassment and a celebration of what has already been achieved by this trio of fighters, Lowen's film is first-class.
With such an intense focus on cyber bullying and harassment, Netizens is such a timely documentary for the Me, Too era.
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