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PBS tackles sexual assault in ‘POV’ season opener

American pubcaster PBS will launch the latest season of its ‘POV’ strand with Roll Red Roll, a true crime doc about sexual assault in America. The film recounts the story of ...
May 31, 2019

American pubcaster PBS will launch the latest season of its ‘POV’ strand with Roll Red Roll, a true crime doc about sexual assault in America.

The film recounts the story of a teen girl’s assault by members of the beloved high school football team at a pre-season party in Steubenville, Ohio. What followed were revelations of collusion to shield the assailants and discredit the victim by teen witnesses, teachers, parents and coaches.

Going beyond the specific incident, Roll Red Roll explores rape culture, cyberbullying and broader social conversations about consent, systemic sexism and gendered violence.

The doc is directed by Nancy Schwartzman, who also serves as producer with Steven Lake and Jessica Devaney. Justine Nagan and Chris White executive produce for ‘POV’.

“Disturbing and illuminating, Roll Red Roll goes beyond the individuals directly responsible for the assault, widening its lens on the role of the community responsible for the victim’s wellbeing,” said Nagan, in a statement.

“It presents a clear opportunity to shift our focus from the victim and the victim’s behavior to where the scrutiny belongs. More than five years after Steubenville made headlines, Roll Red Roll brings an essential perspective, and conversation, in this #MeToo era.”

Roll Red Roll premieres June 17 at 10 p.m. on PBS.

Watch the trailer below:

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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