The Words Spoken: Judgement

The Words Spoken: Judgement short film, is the first act of Sticks and Stones Trilogy. The Words Spoken features the powerful impact of The Accusers, who represent the police, prosecutors, community and media, as they choose fiction over truth and participate gleefully in the assassination of the character of a young woman's life, resulting in a virtual stoning with words.

The Words are uttered by The Accusers in a relentless stream. The frame is tightly focused on them as they exist in their own dark world. The Words they choose are not about the young woman. The Words reflect the Accusers own fears and fantasies, in order to create a fictional character as a scapegoat. The Words are loaded with the historic weight of misogyny, scapegoating, and invective. Like the accusations used in all witch trials, they are words that have no basis in reality. The target of the words is not present. This world exists outside of her reality, as she is imprisoned, and has no voice to defend herself. The words are spread worldwide through the media, translated back and forth from one language to another. They become commonplace in the general conversation about the young woman. Listening to the words, they can seem funny at times, horrible at others, but it is in the sheer number of the Words that one feels their overwhelming burden on the victim. The Words have the impact of a virtual stoning.

  • Sienna Reid
  • Sienna Reid
  • Sienna Reid
  • Andrea D'Errico
    Co Director
  • Marzia Messina
    Co Director
  • Andrea D'Errico
  • Sham Hinchey
  • Jeffrey Reid
    Editor, Special effects, Color
  • Marcel Reid-Jaques
    Sound Design, Music
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
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  • Language:
    English, Italian
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Eureka Springs Human Rights IndieFest
    Eureka Springs
    United States
    August 6, 2016
    Silver Award
  • New Filmmakers NY
    New York
    United States
    March 22, 2017
  • Blow-Up Chicago International Arthouse Film Fest
    United States
    November 19, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Best Shorts La Jolla Film Festival
    La Jolla
    United States
    September 1, 2016
    Award of Merit: Experimental
  • The IndieFest Film Awards
    La Jolla
    United States
    July 23, 2016
    Award of Recognition: Women Filmmakers
  • Directors Circle Festival of Shorts

    United States
    November 17, 2016
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Sienna Reid

Born and raised in a small town in the Pacific Northwest, Sienna Reid is a multimedia artist working in painting, drawing, video, photography and ceramics among other experimental processes. A graduate of the University of Washington with a BFA in painting, since the age of 19 Reid has been exhibiting her work in the USA and Italy, and has work in private collections throughout Europe and the USA. Reid lived in Italy from 1999 until 2014 when she transferred to NYC, and currently works in her studio in Bushwick. Since 2007 Reid has been working on a large multimedia project which examines the media circus around the Amanda Knox trial in Italy, and the etymology and semantics of the words that were used to assassinate her character by the police, prosecution, lawyers, media and ultimately the anonymous online masses. Her work incorporates current and historic research on scapegoating/shaming, abuse of power, feminist/women's issues, identity issues, wrongful conviction, portraiture, and the use of words to harm the individual.

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Director Statement

Sticks and Stones Trilogy uses an experimental artistic approach to explore abuse of power by the police, judiciary and the media and its impact on the individual when it leads to wrongful imprisonment. Based on the real-life character assassination of Amanda Knox during her imprisonment and trials from 2007 until her exoneration in 2015, it showcases the words used to sell a prosecutorial fantasy. The film trilogy explores the power of words to harm, the emotional pain of the wrongfully convicted, and fear of female sexuality. It demonstrates how words were deployed to control judicial and media narratives regardless of facts. This project is timely and important to a public alarmed by police, judicial, and media abuse of power, and provides a platform for dialogue about the power of words, our responsibilities as a community, and the standards to which we must hold those in power.