Roll Red Roll

October 14, 202173/10037492 min
Year
2019
Director
Nancy Schwartzman
Age
13+
Country
United States
Runtime
80.0
Language
English
Overall Score
Rating Overview
Imdb
71%
Rotten tomatoes
77%
vod-news
73%
Rating Summary
This is a very good documentary about a problem much more pervasive than most people realize. I know that in my midwestern hometown, the same thing could easily have happened when I was in high school decades ago--except then the girl almost certainly wouldn't have reported being assaulted, realizing that even if she did, the school, parents and police probably would have "hushed it up" to protect the all-important football team, and she would have most likely gotten "slut-shamed" besides.

Roll Red Roll is a true-crime thriller that goes behind the headlines to uncover the deep-seated and social media-fueled “boys will be boys” culture at the root of high school sexual assault in America. At a preseason football party in small-town Steubenville, Ohio, a heinous crime took place: the assault of a teenage girl by members of the beloved high school football team. What transpired would garner national attention and result in the sentencing of two key offenders. But it was the disturbing social media evidence uncovered online by crime blogger Alex Goddard that provoked the most powerful questions about the case, and about the collusion of teen bystanders, teachers, parents and coaches to protect the assailants and discredit the victim. As it painstakingly reconstructs the night of the crime and its aftermath, Roll Red Roll uncovers the ingrained rape culture at the heart of the incident, acting as a cautionary tale about what can happen when teenage social media bullying runs rampant and adults look the other way. The film unflinchingly asks: “why didn’t anyone stop it?”

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