Audrie & Daisy

About

Audrie and Daisy, two high school girls in different towns across America, were sexually assaulted by boys they thought were their friends. Both girls experienced social media bullying and were stigmatized—and both attempted suicide. Tragically, Audrie takes her own life, but Daisy survives, and her story becomes a journey to keep living. By juxtaposing their stories and drawing connections between the two teenage girls, bold filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk illuminate the larger societal epidemic of sexual assault that has been exacerbated by today’s technologies. And rather than paint a simple picture, they also give voice to the spectrum of male perspectives involved in Daisy’s case: her assailants, the small-town sheriff, and her brother, who now works to change the next generation of boys.

Through the specificity of Audrie and Daisy’s experiences, insights emerge that can be extrapolated to the larger landscape. As Daisy learns Audrie’s story and joins a community of survivors, Audrie & Daisy sparks a vital conversation around breaking these cycles of stigma and isolation for teenage rape victims that has blown up in the face of social media hysteria.

YEAR 2015

SECTION U.S. Doc Comp

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 95 min

COMPANY Actual Films

WEBSITE www.actualfilms.net

EMAIL sara@actualfilms.net

PHONE (415) 575-9999

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Artist Bio

Bonni Cohen


Since co-founding Actual Films in 1998, Bonni Cohen has produced and directed many award-winning films, including The Island President, Inside Guantanamo, The Rape of Europa, and Wonders Are Many. She recently executive produced 3½ Minutes, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO, as well as Art and Craft, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Cohen is the co-founder of the Catapult Film Fund.


Jon Shenk


Jon Shenk directed The Island President, which won the People's Choice Documentary Award at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. He was the director of photography for the 2009 Academy Award–winning documentary short, Smile Pinki, and won a 2007 Emmy Award for Blame Somebody Else. Shenk directed Lost Boys of Sudan, (a 2004 Independent Spirit Award winner); The New Heroes (2005); and The Beginning (1999), a chronicle of Star Wars: Episode I; and he co-directed Democracy Afghan Style.