CSE 2023

Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age

Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age is the shocking story of four women leaders whose lives are overturned by cyberviolence. They share a common cause: refusing to be silenced. 


The feature-length documentary Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age by Léa Clermont-Dion and Guylaine Maroist plunges us into the vortex of online misogyny and documents hatred towards women. This bleak opus, reminiscent of a psychological thriller, follows four women across two continents: former President of the Italian parliament Laura Boldrini, former Democratic representative Kiah Morris, French actor and YouTuber Marion Séclin, and Donna Zuckerberg, a specialist in online violence against women and the sister of Facebook’s founder. This tour de force reveals the devastating effects such unapologetic hatred has on victims and brings to light the singular objective of cyber-misogyny: to silence women who shine. Some targets of cyber-violence will crumble under the crystallizing force of the click. Others, proud warriors, will stand tall and refuse to be silenced.

Theme(s): , Criminality, Feminism, Human Rights, Politics, Sexual violence, Sociology


Director | , Guylaine Maroist, Léa Clermont-Dion
Year | , 2022
Country | , Québec
Duration | 80 minutes
Original language | , English, French
Subtitles | , French
Image | Fabien Côté, Jean-François Perreault, Louis-Vincent Blaquière, Richard Hamel, Steeve Desrosiers
Sound design | François Lacasse
Music | Antoine Rochette
Editing | Eric Ruel, Jean-François Lord
Production | Eric Ruel, Guylaine Maroist



Guylaine Maroist


In 2002, Guylaine Maroist founded La Ruelle Films to produce auteur documentaries with producer and director Eric Ruel. She has won numerous awards in Canada and abroad, including the Governor General's Award for History, the Grand Jury Prize at the New York Independent Film Festival, the Gold Ribbon Award, and several Gémeaux awards.


Léa Clermont-Dion


Léa Clermont-Dion is an author, filmmaker and postdoctoral research associate at Concordia University. She holds a PhD in political science from Laval University. Her research focuses on violence and cyberviolence against women and women’s "empowerment on social media.”



6 July 2023 at 21h15

Parc Molson

Discussion with filmmaker Guylaine Maroist will follow the screening. 

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