‘Roll Red Roll’ Review: A Horrifying Assault in a modest Ohio Town

“What did they do with of which girl?,” an unseen male asks as the peaceful opening shots of the documentary “Roll Red Roll” reveal a quiet, darkening street lined with tidy family homes. The skin-crawling audio continues, others right now joining a conversation pocked with callousness in addition to nervous giggles: “She is actually so raped right right now.”

With bone-chilling explicitness, the director Nancy Schwartzman lays out exactly what happened to “of which girl” at the hands of high-school football stars in Steubenville, Ohio, in 2012. Picking at the scab of respectability, she reveals a football-crazed culture of misogyny in addition to entitlement of which resulted from the brutal abuse of an unwary teenager too inebriated to recall her ordeal. Fortunately, the cellphones in addition to social-media accounts of her attackers in addition to their friends would likely remember for her.

Assembling these repugnant posts in addition to videos (cannily captured in addition to published at the time by the industrious crime blogger in addition to interviewee Alexandria Goddard) into a timeline of casual depravity, Schwartzman deepens her dive in addition to widens her reach. What emerges is actually an infuriating portrait of sports-mad solidarity in addition to victim-blaming of which would likely eventually attract worldwide attention in addition to prompt the investigative reporter Rachel Dissell to wonder if Steubenville was “putting its daughters at risk by protecting its sons.”

A tough yet essential watch, “Roll Red Roll” documents how a sexual assault in a declining Appalachian town became an international cause célèbre. Shots of near-empty streets in addition to an abandoned steel mill provide a melancholy frame for behavior of which seems horrifyingly incomprehensible.

“I can’t wait with This particular story to go away,” an unseen radio jock says near the end. right now of which part I understand.