Competition Documentary Feature
Roll Red Roll
Directed by: Nancy Schwartzman
USA, 2018, 80m
*The Next Edition talent in attendance for second screening
Steubenville, Ohio, is like a lot of Midwest towns. Football is everything. In fact, this national pastime is such a big deal that one of the most horrible crimes imaginable will be ignored there, just to keep their stars safe. However, when a blogger exposes how rape culture is able to prevail in such a town, the secret that everyone either knows about or is willfully ignorant of won’t stay concealed any longer. With compelling tension and surprising revelations, Roll Red Roll strives to uncover the deep-seated and social media-fueled “boys will be boys” culture at the root of high school sexual assault in America. What recourse does a person have when every person in authority, including the police, seem to want to brush these crimes under the rug? How can a single town right this wrong, let alone the whole country? Director Nancy Schwartzman pulls no punches in this shocking piece of investigative journalism that is part true crime and part hometown exposé.
The students of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, have to figure out how to channel their fear while maintaining their journalistic integrity, as they publish the first edition of their school newspaper in the aftermath of the deadliest high school shooting on record.