Directed by Cynthia Lowen
NETIZENS—directed by BULLY co-producer/writer Cynthia Lowen—exposes the proliferation of cyber harassment faced by women, spreading from the web to the most intimate corners of their lives. The feature documentary follows three women who are targets of harassment, along with lawyers, advocates, policymakers and others, as they confront digital abuse and strive for equality and justice online.
NETIZENS challenges the notion cyber harassment is “only” online, depicting the repercussions on targets’ lives: lost jobs, thwarted educations, damaged reputations, offline harassment and stalking, and countless hours devoted to containing attacks against a backdrop of mounting legal fees and psychological distress.
The internet as the “wild west”—where abuse is the price of admission—is quickly changing. As the web emerges as the most important public space in our communities, and equal access a civil right, a new generation of lawyers, advocates, technologists, policymakers and others are challenging the status quo.
From Cynthia Lowen, the producer of the award-winning BULLY and executive producer Abigail Disney (The Invisible War, The Armor of Light, Hot Girls Wanted), Executive Producer Gina Reticker (Cameraperson, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry), and Executive Producer Barbara Dobkin (The Hunting Ground, Budrus). Supported by Fork Films, IDA Enterprise Fund, New York State Council of the Arts. In association with Ruth Ann Harnisch.
More information here: https://www.netizensfilm.com