Marie Claire | “Unbelievable”, the new series about victims of rape that you should see


It was premiered just a week ago, the past 13 of September, but already gave a lot to talk about and will continue to do so over the next few weeks.

“Unbelievable” (which means Inconceivable in Spanish) is the new series from Netflix that is already going the way of becoming one of the fictions of the year. And on this occasion it is not by an all-star cast or a realization and perfect address, but thanks to an interesting story based on actual events that left no one indifferent.

The series features the story of Marie Adler, a young american of 18 years in the year 2008 reported the rape of a man who had entered the apartment in which she lived.

Ignoring the doctor’s report that proved the injuries of the young, the detectives that were in charge of his case cast doubt upon the version of the victim, which was pressured to make her admit that, supposedly, had lied in his statement.

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Afterdler was charged for an offence of false testimony, for which he faced a possible penalty of a year in jail.


Finally, two additional researchers came up with Marc O’leary, a former military man who raped five women and pleaded guilty of 28 charges of rape, was sentenced to over 300 years in prison for his crimes.

The story of the failure of the police that was committed in this case and everything that happened around him already was told by two journalists -Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller – in the year 2015, in an investigation that won the Pulitzer prize and that was published in book form.

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Now, Susannah Grant, Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon, the creator of the series, they wanted to bring the history to the small screen to denounce, from a gender perspective, the contempt on the part of the society which, in many cases, women are sexually assaulted have to endure.

“Unbelievable” was already hailed by many critics as a “true crime” revolutionary. And is that the series does not hesitate to put the focus on the institutions of the State and in the macho society which often puts the blame on victims of sexual violence to not take them seriously or prejuzgarlas.

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The mini-series, eight chapters of approximately 45 minutes durationis starring Kaitlyn Dever, Toni Collette and Merritt Wever. The creators took quite a long time wanting to tell the story of Marie Adler, but it was now, when the movement #MeToo has more force than ever, the best time to launch the series and create a conversation around it.

And although today many things are changing for the better, the culture of rape, sexism and misunderstanding of the institutions are very present in the society. Hence the series and stories like these are so needed. Bravo! for Netflix to make it visible!

at Cristina Cañedo

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