Sasha Joseph Neulinger and his sister were the victims of sexual abuse when they were children. They knew their attackers, they were close family members and through Neulinger’s documentary, Rewind, Neulinger goes back into his past to talk about the worst time in his and his family’s life. In fact, Neulinger’s story may be one that many families have experienced before and for many other families it’s their worst nightmare.
Rewind uses interviews with Neulinger’s family members, the psychiatrist that helped him and his sister and even talks to law enforcement to get the full, rounded, raw and honest picture of what happened during his childhood. However, Neulinger’s father, Henry is also a filmmaker and spent many years filming the family in good times and bad.
Rewind uses that footage that Henry took and distributes it throughout the documentary to not only add some colour to the story, but to show the faces of those abusers that hid in plain sight and also shows the effects that it had on the director’s own behaviour. Neulinger’s documentary goes deeper than any other about child abuse could ever imagine, and it’s thanks to his bravery, honesty and his inherited skill as a filmmaker.
Rewind has the rare opportunity to tell a real and unflinching story of abuse and it’s through Neulinger’s ability to tell a story that it thankfully stays so grounded, able to show its audience and not just tell.
The image of child abuse and those abusers leaves a lot to the imagination for those fortunate enough not to have experienced it themselves, but Rewind’s gives the audience a much more detailed depiction of child abuse, the abusers and how abuse can be bred, nurtured and ultimately hidden.
Thankfully, Neulinger hasn’t let the experiences of his early childhood define him and with the help and support of his family and compassionate professionals, he has learned to move on, helping others so that his experiences are not so common.
Rewind is not only a heart-breaking story of abuse and the imbalance of justice, but it shows that there is still life, hope and a future even for those who have been so deeply hurt.
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