UnLonely Film Festival 5

Doublespeak

A young woman grapples with the aftermath of reporting sexual harassment in the workplace.

This film contains description of suicide, and/or may not be suitable for younger audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Meet the Filmmaker

What is their why?

Hazel McKibbin is a British-American writer and director based between North London and Brooklyn. She is a 2020 BAFTA Newcomer and is currently working on her thesis at Columbia University where she is pursuing an MFA in Screenwriting and Directing. She finds herself drawn towards realism, often through a feminist lens, and the idea that compelling stories can be created from ordinary relationships and interactions. Doublespeak is her directorial debut and had its festival premiere at the Sundance 2021 Film Festival.

“Doublespeak is based on my own experience of reporting sexual harassment in the workplace. When I started my MFA in film at Columbia, it was the first short I wanted to make. I felt like I needed to exorcise the experience and turn it into something positive or every other film I made would be colored by it somehow. I’d like Doublespeak to be part of a conversation around sexual harassment in the workplace and serve as a reminder that, even after the #metoo movement, it happens all too often. If an audience can watch the film and feel what Emma feels – how I felt – I’d like to think they’d want to be part of changing these practices.”

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Can you think of a time when you pretended a specific situation was something it was not? Perhaps an old relationship or friendship, or an old job? What was the mental and emotional impact of this? Also, can you remember a time when someone spoke up for you? How did this make you feel?

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