Jordan Peele and Joshua Rofe co-produced the docuseries “Lorena” about Lorena Bobbitt’s domestic abuse story. Rofe’s deep interest in trauma and its victims combines with the notion that society usually responds to trauma victims without empathy or nuance led to producing the docuseries during the #MeToo era. Peele and Rofe believe that Lorena Bobbitt’s ordeal was the ultimate story about people’s attitudes toward domestic violence victims.
"You had this young girl — she was 23 years old at the time — who was essentially on CNN every night during her trial when she was testifying, pouring her heart out about how she was beaten, raped and sodomized," says Rofe, the filmmaker behind the docuseries Lorena. "All anyone could think about was the cut-off penis and just how ... funny that was.”
The producers aim to contribute to the conversation about domestic violence and bring it to the forefront.