On the Record (15)
On the Record (15)
Director: Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering
Starring: Drew Dixon, Sil Lai Abrams, Alexia Norton Jones, Jenny Lumet, Sheri Sher
Synopsis: A searing exploration of the costs of coming forward, ON THE RECORD turns up the volume on one of the biggest #MeToo stories in the music industry. This devastating documentary follows a former Hip Hop executive as she wrestles with the decision whether to make public her rape by one of the most powerful men in the music industry.
Directed and produced by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering [The Hunting Ground (2015), The Invisible War (2012)], and first reported by the New York Times, On The Record presents the powerful chilling story of music executive Drew Dixon (collaborator on hit records by Method Man and Mary J. Blige, Estelle and Kanye West, and Whitney Houston) as she grapples with her decision to become one of the first women of colour, in the wake of #MeToo, to come forward and publicly accuse Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons of sexual assault.
On the Record uses harrowing first-person accounts to powerfully and persuasively confront the entrenched sexism and misogyny in the culture of the Hip Hop industry and the silencing of women of colour.
The film documents the destructive toll the disclosure has exacted on the lives of several other women who describe having been assaulted by music mogul Russell Simmons. Survivors Drew Dixon, Sil Lai Abrams, Alexia Norton Jones, Jenny Lumet, and Sheri Sher share the insidious, systemic fallout that has changed their lives since their assaults. Their testimony brings to light both cultural and workplace issues.
Deeply illuminating and packed with powerful and revelatory insights, On the Record’’s narrative also includes interviews with prominent leaders, activists, journalists and academics, who speak about the particular predicaments women face when dealing with sexual violence in society.
“If you are a rape survivor, you are a crime scene. Your life is a crime scene,” comments Drew Dixon, the former Hip Hop executive, as she wrestles with the decision whether to make public her rape by one of the most powerful men in the music industry.
Streaming now on demand in the UK & Ireland on all digital platforms.
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