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‘Netizens’ Chronicles the Victims and Consequences of Online Harassment Towards Women

"As women, we must continue to lead and set the tone in this country."

Project of the Day - Netizens

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Netizens

Logline: “Netizens,” directed by “Bully” co-creator/producer Cynthia Lowen, follows targets of cyber harassment, along with lawyers, advocates, and policymakers, as they confront digital abuse and strive for equality and justice online. These powerful stories show how harassment presents significant barriers to women’s equal access to education, employment and expression.

Elevator Pitch:

“Netizens” follows women targeted by cyber harassment, along with lawyers, advocates, and policymakers, as they confront digital abuse and strive for equality and justice online. The documentary exposes how digital abuse impacts women’s equal access to education, employment, expression and opportunity, and is emerging as a critical civil rights issue. In July Breitbart News said “The Solution to Online ‘Harassment’ Is Simple: Women Should Log Off.” The powerful stories in “Netizens” dispel such myths, and show how the harassment moves from the digital to physical world. “Netizens” argues abuse should not be the price of admission to the internet.

Production Team:

Cynthia Lowen: Director/Producer (prior credits include producer/writer of 2011 film “Bully”)
Abigail E. Disney: Executive Producer
Gini Reticker: Executive Producer
Cailin Yatsko: Cinematographer
Rachel Lears: Cinematographer

About the Film:

As the co-creator/producer of the documentary “Bully,” I was motived to make this film after witnessing the harassment, misogyny and bigotry taking place online, and the ways in which it was normalized. One of the things we learned from the time we spent filming with kids, families and educators, is that the leadership sets the tone. As women, we must continue to lead and set the tone in this country. We must continue to demonstrate to our peers, colleagues and children that respect, dignity, justice, compassion, and inclusion are our values. The work – more urgent than ever – continues.

Current Status: Raising finishing funds via Kickstarter campaign and grants.

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Comments

Liz

This is *SUCH* and important film. I’ve yet to see a doc that throughly addresses this topic. Can’t wait to see Netizens.

    Liz

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Jennifer

Yes! This is a very important subject that needs to be explored and talked about!!

Jennifer A Tyson

Agree, this film is super important, now more than ever!

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