When I first read about Rehtaeh Parsons, I was at first angry, then disbelieving, as I started following the story in the news. Soon, I became obsessed with the case, as I followed its tragic end to her suicide in 2013. I was determined to make a film about this, to start people thinking about what goes on in the world around us. And then, when Anonymous got onto the case, I started getting really wound up. How could the world ignore this case?
While news media deals with current events and updates us on stories like this, it takes a full-length documentary to go deep, to give more details and to re-tell the story that we must never forget. So I set out to find funding for the film. It took more than a year but all the while, I was in touch with Glen Canning, Rehtaeh’s dad, who has his own blog and finally, when I had the funds, I went with a crew to Halifax. It was blustery, rainy and really gloomy; fitting weather for our story, I thought. Leah was hard to get a hold of, because she has young kids and many dogs to care for. Meeting her was not easy but my persisence paid off. She’s a strong, caring woman and I can see the closeness she must have had with Rehtaeh. Not a day, not a minute passes by when she doesn’t think about her, and I bonded with her, mother to mother.
This film NO PLACE TO HIDE: The Rehtaeh Parsons Story is a tough one, to make and to watch. Sometimes, we the crew were in tears while filming, unable to continue. But Glen and Leah were very strong, articulate and supportive. I made this film as much for them, as for us - for the healing to begin, but mostly for the world’s young people. So they can understand what consent means. As Glen says, "We created a monster, and that monster is our young men who have no idea how to treat women. They have no idea how to be a hero. They won't have a clue how to be a father."