In 2012, when I started speaking out more and more in public, I got my first taste of harassment 2.0 in the form of death and rape threats. Attacks were made on my appearance, my sexuality and my intelligence—the classic, insidious attacks so often made against women. So I took cover and kept quiet. I was 22 years old and, for a while, I was ashamed of being a woman.
When I realized how widespread the phenomenon is, and just how many women are affected, I decided to make this film. I wanted it to be a bold film that pulled no punches, a film that would bring about change. I especially wanted to avoid self-censorship in this effort to raise awareness.
Online hate against women doesn’t lend itself to cinematography, so we had to find creative ways to make audiences feel the collateral damage of this modern plague.
At first, we wanted to show how cyberviolence predominantly affects women. Over the course of our research, we discovered the resurgence of a retrograde misogynist, anti-feminist ideology that was spreading on social media.
At all points in history when women have stood up for their rights, they’ve moved two steps forward and three back.
What we’re witnessing today is an immense backlash against women, a wave of hate facilitated by the anonymity of online platforms. This wave is reaching uncontrollable proportions.
In the face of this surge, we have no choice but to keep fighting back. We have to hold fast to our ideals, especially our belief that social justice will prevail.
Marta Gaspar Carpinteiro
Nicolas de Pins
“The TELUS Fund is proud to have participated in the financing of the documentary, Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age, and the website.
This project is well-aligned with the TELUS Fund’s mandate to promote the health and well-being of Canadians.”
– Elizabeth Friesen, Executive Director, TELUS Fund