CALL TO ACTION
The New York Times recently reported that Sabaya, a film about Yazidi sexual slavery survivors, included women who did not give consent to appear in the film.
Earlier this year, the Sundance Institute awarded the film its 2021 Directing Award in World Cinema Documentary. We believe this award is inappropriate for a director who failed to uphold the safety, well-being, and agency of all abuse survivors as his foremost concern.
On September 29, 2021, we submitted this letter to Sundance requesting to revoke this award, as well as making reparations.
We received the following response from Sundance on October 8, 2021.
To which we responded with the following on October 12, 2021.
We are also aware that the film is distributed by MTV Films.
If you would like to adapt the letter to send to their attention and action, please contact:
MTV Documentary Films
Sheila Nevins – President
+1 212 846 6000 phone
1515 Broadway Ave.
New York, NY 10036 USA