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Intimacy: This heartbreaking real-life incident served the inspiration for Netflix’s show

Intimacy
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One of the latest successful series on Netflix, ‘Intimacy’, has as its central theme the damage that leaking a sexual video can cause to a person and their environment without their consent. Although it is a fictional series, it draws inspiration from some real cases, which reminds us that there is still a long way to go in terms of raising awareness on the subject.

A serious issue

‘Intimacy’ is about Malen (Itziar Ituño), a fictional mayor who suffers from the leak of an intimate video that ends up disrupting her entire life. At the same time, we are told about the story of Ane (Verónica Echegui), a factory worker who experienced the same problem, although from a much more vulnerable situation, which ends up resulting in her suicide. The creators of the series, Laura Sarmiento and Verónica Fernández, tried to make visible in it the social and media judgment to which the victims of these crimes are subjected. Sarmiento clarifies that “it is not based on a real case”, both the development of the story and the characters are fictitious, although it does have points in common with real cases, and cites examples such as Olvido Hormigos or Iveco.

The Iveco case took place in 2019: a worker at the Iveco factory suffered the leak of an intimate video, which began to be distributed en masse by her co-workers (the number amounted to about 2,500 workers) and ended up taking her own life. Although an investigation was opened, in the end, no one was convicted. Without a doubt, it is a case that has many points in common with Ane’s subplot and it is not surprising, since one of the clear purposes of the series is to make visible the real problem of leaking intimate material without consent. and the devastating consequences that something seemingly as small as playing a video or broadcasting it can have.

‘Intimacy’ is still among the top 10 of Netflix Spain and we hope that it contributes its grain of sand to make viewers aware of the subject it deals with.

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Written by Rachita Salian

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