An Open Secret (2014)
This got a charitable release on vimeo to tie into the current conversation around Harvey Weinstein, and for good reason. If we pretend this is a story of individual monsters, nothing will change. An Open Secret is important because it takes more of a network approach to the problem. It is still a story of monsters, but it is broader, looking at how some work together, others ignore, and even some of the pressures or instincts on the victim and family side that might undercut their defenses (as an argument against those that might try to blame them for being too careless).
The main concern I have with the documentary is that it, which it acknowledges, focuses on the predation of boys by men. In reality this is a problem that affects male and female, child and adult. Even with the film's caveat, it does run the risk of feeding into the blood libel against homosexuals that somehow they are uniquely prone to predation of children. This risk may be justified by the ability to deep dive into a particular network of abuse where a broader view of abuse might then sacrifice this important element.
I had been put off this film initially because the key ethical dilemma had been framed as deeply troublesome from a gender perspective. In actually watching the film, I think it does a good job being self-reflective on the issue. Further, in contemplating this central decision, that of Jim (Chris Pratt) opting to wake up Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) out of hopes for a romantic relationship, I actually think it is justifiable. I'm sure Kant would be stridently against waking someone up for any reason, because clearly that person would be used as a means to an end. But as someone more generally drawn to utilitarian ethics, I reckon the benefit to Jim in remedying his loneliness is greater than what Aurora stands to lose. Importantly, the film builds their relationship so that it stands on a real chemistry and not simply the coercion of no alternatives. So ultimately this interesting ethical posture, combined with some neat effects made it a fairly satisfying bit of sci-fi for me.
Two alternatives that might have made this more palatable: have a woman be the first one awake and deciding whether to wake a man so that the ethical question is distanced from the legacy of patriarchal control; or have her contemplate waking a different guy.