There are dozens of allegations of sexual misconduct against the hip hop star Russel Simmons and his documentary “On the Record” received two standing ovations from the audience at the Sundance film festival 2021. The accusers were not at all expecting the documentary to be received this well after Oprah Winfrey’s decision thus, left stunned. For people who were there for the support their 2021 Sundance film festival tickets totally paid off.
Winfrey was to be the executive producer but later due to the allegation, she distanced herself from the project. In an official statement, she said that she was actually compelled by Russel to get away from the project. Furthermore, she also made it pretty clear that she believed in the allegations.
The directors of the film Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering were quite happy on the receiving and Ziering stated that “We wanted to thank the Sundance Institute and Sundance Film Festival for their amazing support,” While at another instant she said “For standing strong. For never blinking. These are difficult times and it’s important to stand up for truth and justice.”
At 2021 Sundance festival there was one more notable figure there and its Drew Dixon who was a rape survivor and one of Simons’ victims. She was there on the stage with the directors and stood her ground against the sexual assault. Moreover, Dixon implied she waited for the time when her story was told like this. About the documentary, she said that she loved it and was proud of it