Screening | BEYOND BOUNDARIES: DARE TO BE DIVERSE: Roll Red Roll, 2018
Thursday, September 5, 2019, 7–9 pm
Roll Red Roll, 2018, 78 min, Dir. Nancy Schwartzman
At a pre-season football 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 online by crime blogger Alex Goddard that provoked the most powerful questions about the case, and 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 engrained 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?”
This is a free event.
Beyond Boundaries is curated by Jason Parker and Professors Ruth Goldman and Meg Knowles and and is sponsored by: Buffalo State’s Equity and Campus Diversity Office, Communication Department, and Burchfield Penney Art Center.