The new documentary Audrie & Daisy follows the stories of Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman, two high school girls from different cities who were sexually assaulted by boys they considered to be friends. Subsequently, the girls were both bullied online and constantly taunted at school. After photos of her assault were shared on social media, Audrie took her own life. She was 15.
The critically-acclaimed film takes a hard look at the teen assault epidemic, the “new public square of shame for girls,” and the issues faced by America’s teenagers who are growing up in a world of social media bullying.
In a press release, filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk explain:
By highlighting the stories of these girls and their families and friends, Audrie & Daisy brings viewers closer to questions about truth, power, memory and trauma. 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 town.
Audrie & Daisy will be released on Netflix September 23rd.