13th Film Festival for Women’s Rights– 2019 Opening Film

Roll Red RollThe documentary, Roll Red Roll by Nancy Schwartzman will open activities for the 13th Film Festival for Women’s Rights which will take place from October 2nd – 6th at the CGV Arthouse Apgujeong, Seoul, Korea.

About the festival:
Film Festival for Women’s Rights (FIWOM), sponsored by Korea Women’s Hot Line, started in 2006 to show the reality and gravity of violence against women happening everyday and to spread support for the survival and healing of the victims. About 3,000 people attend the festival annually. The festival is comprised of a total of six sections: three fixed sections, two sections containing the theme of the year, and a competitive section consisting of domestic films.

FIWOM takes great interest in spreading movies about violence against women (including domestic violence and sexual violence), social structural problems that allow violence, and stories about brave women searching for their lives and human rights. In addition to covering sexual minorities, masculinity, aging, immigration, disability and overall human rights, we show movies dealing with violence against women from a multi-layered point of view.

Opening Ceremony:
The opening ceremony will take place on October 2nd (Wednesday) at the CGV Apgujeong Cinema 1 (45 Apgujeong-ro 30-gil, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul) at 19:00 pm.

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Roll Red Roll by Nancy Shcwatzman
USA | 2018 – 80 minutes | Documentary

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 pre-season 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 by crime blogger Alexandria Goddard that provoked the most powerful questions 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?” (FIWOM Website)

October 2nd | Wednesday | CGV Apgujeong Cinema 1 | 19:00 pm
October 5th | Saturday | CGV Apgujeong Art 3 | 19:50 pm
October 6th | Sunday | CGV Apgujeong Art 2 | 13:40 pm


For more information about the programme please visit the official website of the festival: FIWOM Website

About the director:
Nancy Schwartzman is a documentary film director, producer, and media strategist who uses storytelling and technology to create safer communities for women and girls. Roll Red Roll is her feature film debut, and goes beyond the headlines of the notorious Steubenville, Ohio high school sexual assault case to uncover the social-media fueled “boys will be boys” culture that let it happen. Nancy released a companion short film Anonymous Comes To Town in April 2019 on the Guardian. Her first film, The Line (2010), a short documentary examining consent was used by the White House for a campaign around sexuality, and her follow-up film xoxosms (2013), was on PBS/POV and BBC exploring love between two teenagers, bridged by technology.

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