About

Lorena Bobbitt became a household name in 1993, when accounts of a mutilation dominated headlines: she cut off her husband’s penis, and the country collectively gasped.

Twenty-five years later, Joshua Rofé excavates the scandalized case through a modern cultural lens. Each episode of this four-part docuseries, executive produced by Jordan Peele, builds upon the last, exposing the issues surrounding the couple and their criminal trials—Lorena’s then-husband, John Wayne Bobbit, for marital sexual assault, and Lorena for malicious wounding. In unearthing the long-term abuse that precipitated the infamous night, Rofé dives into a wider discussion about the lack of support for domestic-violence victims, the power and fragility of the word penis, John’s increasingly unpredictable life post-recovery, and how the public’s insatiable appetite for the Bobbitts’ story paved the way for the 24-hour news cycle. Rofé’s re-examination restores depth to a woman reduced to parodies and caricatures and prompts us to reconsider our preconceptions.

The Festival will present all four hour-long episodes of this riveting docuseries with an intermission after episode two, followed by an extended discussion with the director and producers.

YEAR 2018

CATEGORY Special Events

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 253 min

COMPANY Amazon Studios

EMAIL KRISTEN.HALL@AMAZONSTUDIOS.COM

PHONE (310) 573-3979

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Artist Bio

Joshua Rofé

Joshua Rofé is an award-winning filmmaker whose recent work includes the documentaries Lost For Life, about juveniles who are serving life in prison without parole, and Swift Current.


Steven J. Berger

Steven Berger is the producer in residence at Film Independent in Los Angeles. He recently produced The Feels, as well as Inheritance and Slash, both selections of the SXSW Film Festival.


Jordan Peele

Academy Award– and Emmy-winner Jordan Peele (Get Out, Key & Peele) is a director, writer, and producer. His Monkeypaw Productions champions unique perspectives and underrepresented voices in TV and film.

Win Rosenfeld

Win Rosenfeld is the president of Monkeypaw Productions, overseeing a slate including Lovecraft Country, The Twilight Zone, and The Hunt. Prior to Monkeypaw, he produced for NBC, PBS, and NPR.

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