You Are Not Alone: Fighting the Wolf Pack (2024)

You Are Not Alone: Fighting the Wolf Pack (2024)

A necessary and uncomfortable depiction of the rape case that changed Spain

7.3

Movie

Spain
Spanish
Documentary
2024
ALMUDENA CARRACEDO, FEMALE DIRECTOR
Carolina Yuste, Natalia de Molina
103 min

TLDR

There’s a horrifying realization that the title not only refers to the way all women have gone through some form of sexual harassment, but also the fact that the said wolf pack has done this again without repercussions.

What it's about

After a gang rape during the 2016 San Fermín festival, the resulting case first gotten a light sentence, sparking protests worldwide and changing the way Spain addresses sexual assault.

The take

After the La Manada rape case in 2016, it was necessary to document this event, especially since the widespread national outrage and demonstrations managed to move the country to change the way Spain defines consent. You Are Not Alone: Fighting the Wolf Pack documents this arduous journey. While it’s done through the familiar Netflix true crime approach, there’s some respect given to the victim that hasn’t been given previously by the media. The film sticks to the actual verbatim words used by the victim, albeit edited for clarity, but they ensured that their words were not accompanied with photos or similar looking actors, keeping the truth of their words without risking their safety. While the documentary’s direction isn’t new, the outrage is still felt, as well as the genuine hope of a country that came together to ensure justice.

What stands out

The testimonies are verbatim, only edited for clarity, but some of the faces we see on screen are paid actors. It’s understandable that with the widespread media coverage, the real people would not want the scrutiny of being filmed, but it’s also sad because the protection is in part due to the way the victim’s details were already leaked before, and it has been used in the cruelest ways.

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The accused lawyer should be ashamed of himself.

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