Oprah Winfrey to Produce New Documentary About Abuse in the Music Industry
“The music industry—and entertainment fields at large—have long been rife with corruption and victimization, given the nature of its constituents: aspiring artists, intense capitalization, and decadent lifestyles.”
Oprah Winfrey will executive produce a new documentary about abuse and assault accusations against a major figure in the music industry.
Directed by Oscar-nominated team Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering (The Invisible War, The Hunting Ground), the new documentary will follow a brilliant former music executive who struggles with whether to go public with her story of being abused in her workplace. It is described as a “profound examination of race, gender, class and intersectionality and the toll assaults take on their victims and society at large.”
The identity of the victim and the alleged abuser has not been released yet.
This will be familiar territory for the filmmaking duo, Dick and Ziering. Their Oscar-nominated documentary, The Invisible War, detailed the epidemic of sexual assault in the military. The film has been lauded by advocates, lawmakers, and journalists for its impact, leading to five congressional hearings and the passing of 35 reforms through Congress—all to prevent assault in the armed forces.
Three years later in 2015, their follow-up, The Hunting Ground, also focused on sexual assault—this time on college campuses. The film famously earned an Oscar nomination for its original song written by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga, “Til It Happens to You”.
Dick’s 2004 film, Twist of Faith, also told the story of a man who recounted the abuse he suffered at the hands of a Catholic priest as a teenager.
Oprah herself has been a longtime advocate for victims of sexual abuse and a vocal supporter of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movement. In the wake of this year’s explosive Michael Jackson documentary, Leaving Neverland, Winfrey conducted an extensive interview with the two men who accused the pop star of sexually abusing them when they were children.
With the new, upcoming untitled documentary in these very seasoned and capable hands, its subject matter will surely be done justice. Sure, any industry is susceptible to abuses of power, but the music industry—and entertainment fields at large—have long been rife with corruption and victimization, given the nature of its constituents: aspiring artists, intense capitalization, and decadent lifestyles.
The documentary will premiere on Apple TV+ in 2020. This will be in addition to executive producer Winfrey’s new show, “Oprah’s Book Club,” coming to Apple TV+.
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