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On the Record

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Moving docu centers on race and culture in MeToo movement.

Movie R 2020 95 minutes
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This heartrending, though ultimately hopeful, documentary powerfully depicts the unique experiences of Black women survivors of sexual assault. Not just about the women's stories, On the Record covers '90s-era hip-hop and schools viewers on the long history of sexual violence against women of color. Dixon is a gripping subject: Thoughtful and measured, she is determined to heal from her sexual assault. The movie has incredibly affecting scenes throughout, of women recounting the details of their assault, but also quietly devastating moments, like when Dixon sits in a coffee shop and reads the New York Times article that broke her story. The camaraderie she finds with other survivors and the ending scenes provide hope to any person struggling with telling their truth. This documentary lays bare the limitations of a MeToo movement primarily led by wealthy White celebrities, and centers the too often ignored issues Black women face when it comes to confronting sexual violence. Older teens, hip-hop lovers, and budding social activists will benefit from watching this film and discussing it with trusted adults.

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