Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age

Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age is a shocking multilinear story with a psychological thriller feel, where the destinies of leading women assailed by an online horde are intertwined. The will is common: it’s time to speak up.

Overview

According to the UN, 73% of female Internet users have experienced some form of cyber violence.

The feature-length documentary Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age follows four women and one man whose lives have been particularly affected by online violence: Laura Boldrini, the most harassed female politician in Italy; Kiah Morris, an African-American politician in the state of Vermont who was forced to resign following severe harassment and threats from right-wing extremists; Marion Séclin, a French YouTuber who received more than 40,000 sexist messages, including rape and death threats; Laurence Gratton, a young teacher in Quebec who has been harassed by a former colleague for the last five years ; and Glen Canning, the father of Rehtaeh Parsons, a young girl who took her life after photos of her rape were spread online.

What is it like to live with this so-called “virtual” violence? That is what this thriller-like film aims to show by closely following the victims in their daily lives. We witness in real time the waves of hate they are subjected to, the fear that takes over the private domain, and how they no longer feel safe in public spaces. We see lives marked by a loss of confidence and shame.

Project Details

Release Date

September 9, 2022

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