A #MeToo reckoning for Black culture – misogyny, sexual harassment and the censorship of women of colour are explored in this must-see documentary
“[An] absorbing, emotional gut-punch of a documentary … Not just a riveting piece of investigative filmmaking, but a comprehensive and crucially important historical text.”
– Washington Post
“A landmark … No documentary has so powerfully connected the causes of #MeToo and Black Lives Matter.”
– The Guardian UK
National Indigenous Television (NITV) are proud to announce the Australian free-to-air premiere of On The Record, Sunday August 30 at 8:30pm.
Directed and produced by Oscar®-nominated, award-winning investigative filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering (The Hunting Ground, The Invisible War), and executive produced by AFI/AACTA award-winning filmmaker Ian Darling in association with Shark Island Institute, On the Record examines the story of senior music executive Drew Dixon (a collaborator on hit records by Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Whitney Houston, Estelle and Method Man) as she wrestles with her decision to become one of the first women of colour to come forward in the wake of the #MeToo movement with her account of sexual assault by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons.
The Dogwoof documentary, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival to glowing reviews, pairs Dixon’s story with the stories of other accusers – Sil Lai Abrams (activist and author) and Sheri Sher (author and co-founder of the first all-female hip-hop group Mercedes Ladies). Their narratives explore the ways in which the voices of women of colour are frequently silenced and ignored when they allege sexual assault — in addition to the cultural forces that compel victims to remain silent. #MeToo founder Tarana Burke also offers insights into the challenges Black women face when seeking justice and speaking out.
Deeply illuminating and packed with powerful perspectives, On the Record’s narrative is weaved with interviews by prominent Black thought leaders, activists, journalists and academics, who are able to speak to the unique situations African-American women face when dealing with sexual violence in a society plagued by racism such as Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw, Shanita Hubbard, Kierna Mayo, and Dr. Joan Morgan.
Anusha Duray, NITV Acquisitions Manager, said:
“We’re proud to be bringing this vital, gut-punching documentary to the Australian screen. This story resonates for so many women across the world and continues the conversation that we need to keep having about not only stopping sexual violence against women but also creating culturally safe pathways of support, justice and healing for all survivors.”
Kirby Dick, Director, said:
“Not only are survivors facing an internal battle, but they’re also struggling with a culture that doesn’t accept them. For us, it’s rewarding to help elevate the voices of survivors through our films.
“I think a film like this one – where the survivors allowed us to go very in-depth into their thoughts and experiences – will help other survivors to view their own experiences introspectively, and to realise the massive toll and ripple effect these crimes can have on one’s life, and even an industry at large.”
Amy Ziering, Director, said: