Anonymous Comes To Town

Published on March 3, 2024

Captions provided by CCTubes – Captioning the Internet! The sleepy rustbelt town of Steubenville, Ohio, was once best known for high school sports and as the birthplace of Dean Martin. But when a teen sexual assault committed by two members of the football team surfaced, the shadowy hacker group Anonymous caught wind of the story and decided to intervene. After publishing videos and social media from the night of the assault to their millions of online followers, they sparked viral outrage and demands for #JusticeforJaneDoe. They unleashed a passionate mob and their actions divided the small town, but in the process gave strength to generations of women forced to hide abuse. This film asks, when it seems like nothing will change, when is it OK for outsiders to intervene?

Director: Nancy Schwartzman
Producer: Steven Lake
Executive producers for The Guardian: Charlie Phillips and Jacqueline Edenbrow
Director of Photography: Matthew Bockelman
Editor: Isabel Ponte
Commissioned by the Guardian

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