On June 23, 1993, Lorena Bobbitt used a kitchen knife to sever her husband’s penis. The incident became a media sensation as well as the source of many jokes, but the ensuing trial revealed dark details about the couple’s volatile relationship as Lorena alleged that John was sexually, physically, and emotionally abusive. An upcoming Amazon docuseries directed by Joshua Rofé and executive produced by Jordan Peele will provide a fresh perspective on the case as it explores offer up a “the deep moral issues and painful human tragedies buried at the heart of this infamous American scandal. Lost in the tabloid coverage and jokes was the opportunity for a national discussion on domestic and sexual assault in America.” As I was quite young at the time, I remember very little about both the trial and the direction which Lorena and John’s lives took afterwards, so the upcoming four-part series will be the perfect opportunity to dive back in.
The official synopsis for Lorena:
On a sleepy night in 1993, Lorena Bobbitt sliced off her husband’s penis after years of abuse. John and Lorena Bobbitt’s dueling narratives exploded in a ravenous 24-hour news cycle, igniting a renewed battle of the sexes. Lorena became a national joke, her suffering ignored by the male-dominated press. But as John spiraled downward, Lorena found strength in the scars of her ordeal. This four-part docuseries from Executive Producer Jordan Peele, revisits the events of this American scandal and sheds a new light on one of the most sensationalized tabloid stories of our time.
Lorena will be released on Amazon Prime Video on February 15, 2019, but will first debut at the Sundance Film Festival on January 29th.