Type: Documentary (Netflix)
Release Date: September 23, 2016
Director: Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk
Duration: 95 minutes
My Rating: 9/10
Overview: Audrie and Daisy is a hauntingly tragic documentary highlighting the gravity of how sexual assaults and online bullying can weigh on teenage girls, their friends, families, and communities.
Audrie and Daisy both had very similar experiences being raped, however, one of them took their own life to escape the reality of their assault and how their peers treated them in person and online.
What I loved: I think I'm still in shock after finishing this documentary on Netflix. I cried several times while watching because I couldn't even imagine the kind of pain these girls and their families dealt with. However, despite the heartbreaking subject material, the doc was beautifully written and directed.
I also feel that it was unbiased, as much as any documentary could be. The girls and their families had a voice and the players in the justice system had their voice too (even if their perspective of the cases made me want to throw up).
Even two of the rapists had a chance to speak, well, they HAD to speak and participate in the doc, you'll find out why when you watch.
Audrie and Daisy is an incredible representation of why, as human beings, we need to step up and say something when someone is being hurt. It's a reminder that we need to raise our children to be decent and respectful and to do no harm. It's a reflection of our flawed Justice System and why so many victims will never receive justice. It's a reason to give people a voice, when others have tried to silence them with their poisonous bullying.
This documentary is a must-watch, but make sure to have a box of tissues next to you.
What I didn't: As thorough as the documentary was, I still had a few unanswered questions after the fact. For example, one girl had more siblings than the one who was featured. Where were the other siblings? Also, one of the girls had many severe tragedies happen even after the assault, one of which involved a house being burned down, but no additional details about this incident are explained.
To learn more about Audrie and Daisy and how to advocate for victims' rights, visit the documentary's website today.