Amazon Studios may have picked up some of the buzziest titles at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, but rival Netflix is still making deals as the festival heads into its final weekend. The streaming giant has just secured rights to Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s “Audrie & Daisy.” The documentary played is playing in competition at this year’s festival.
The official synopsis reads: “‘Audrie & Daisy’ charts the parallel stories of two teenage girls from opposite sides of the country, both sexually assaulted by boys they considered to be their friends. Harassed online and taunted at school in the wake of their assaults, each girl is driven to attempt suicide…Addressing a legal system that struggles to prosecute these type of cases and a society that struggles with victims rights, the film explores the pursuit of justice against the backdrop of powerful social media and communities that don’t want to believe this can happen in their own towns.”
“We are inspired by the incredible filmmaking process and storytelling, as well as the great care and integrity Bonni and Jon brought to Audrie’s and Daisy’s stories,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix Vice President of Original Documentary Programming, in an official statement. “This is an important film for boys, girls and their families as a tool to address the complex terrain that teenagers around the world must navigate as they come of age.”
Added the filmmakers, “From the early days of production on ‘Audrie & Daisy,’ we dreamed of distribution for the film that could reach millions of teenagers and their families. With Netflix, our dream has come true. We are excited to work with a company that has helped the best documentaries reach the widest possible audience.”
Netflix will debut the film globally sometime this year.