Feminist film-maker criticised for making ‘balanced’ men’s rights documentary

Cassie Jaye experienced an internet backlash and funding problems after announcing The Red Pill, an ‘explorative’ film about US gender politics

‘There are no categories for men’s films though there are several for women and minorities’ ... Cassie Jaye on her controversial documentary The Red Pill
 ‘There are no categories for men’s films’ … Cassie Jaye on the difficulties of making controversial documentary The Red Pill.  @benfraserlee

“We weren’t finding executive producers who wanted to take a balanced approach, we found people who wanted to make a feminist film,” she told the website Breitbart. “I started to see the bias towards women’s films and against men’s. There are no categories for men’s films [when applying for grants], though there are several for women and minorities. I submitted the film to human rights categories, and was rejected by all of them.”

After funding was pulled, Jaye turned to Kickstarter where she has raised almost $204,000, more than double her target of $97,000.

Jaye initially planned to profile the men’s rights movement from a feminist point of view, but found her beliefs changing while filming the documentary. The Kickstarter page promises the film will document “a life-altering journey where she would never see the world the same way again”.

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