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In this live conversation, filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk discuss their searing new documentary Athlete A. Released on Netflix, the film chronicles the sexual abuse of young female gymnasts by USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar over the course of two decades.
Miss this talk on August 12? You can watch it above. Closed captioning is available.
The filmmakers followed the team of intrepid reporters from the Indianapolis Star who broke the story, as well as the brave athletes whose testimony brought the scandal to light. Nassar abused some 500 athletes in the course of his career, and Athlete A gives voice to some of those women and their families while exposing the institutional cover-ups that made such abuse possible.
Viewers are encouraged to watch the film on Netflix prior to the conversation, which will be followed by a Q&A. Both Cohen and Shenk are past visiting filmmakers at the Wex; Cohen with the film The Rape of Europa (2006) and Shenk with The Island President (2011).
• “Review: A Web of Abuse and Cover-Ups Come to Light,” New York Times
• “Review: the scandal that rocked the sporting world,” Guardian (UK)
• "Gymnasts Worldwide Push Back on Their Sports' Culture of Abuse," New York Times
Bonni Cohen has produced and directed an array of award-winning documentary films through her San Francisco–based company Actual Films.
Jon Shenk has directed and photographed many award-winning films including The Lost Boys of Sudan (2003). With Cohen, he codirected An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, the opening night film of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and the Peabody Award–winning film Audrie & Daisy (2016).
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Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk