Room 2806: The Accusation, a Netflix docuseries, is based on the sexual assault case on French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn, right when his political career was at its peak. Mr Kahn, also popularly known as DSK, was the Managing Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from 2007-2011. Additionally, around the same time, he was also being considered as the perfect candidate for the President of France.
On May 2011, Mr Strauss-Kahn was accused of sexually assaulting Ms Nafissatou Diallo, a housekeeper at the Sofitel hotel in New York. He was arrested the same night and was incriminated with seven charges, including attempted rape and sexual assault. Seven days later, he resigned as the managing director of IMF.
Accusing such a high profile person like Mr Strauss-Kahn made it extremely tough to bring out the truth, for he can very easily find a loophole using his connections and get all the charges dropped. Which is why this case was quite a complicated one, with too much at stake.
Netflix did an excellent job of bringing light to this story in just four episodes. Room 2806 was to the point and it gave the complete picture. Different perspectives were presented, right from the victim to the officials and lawyers involved, along with interviews and clips from the past. Although Mr Strauss-Kahn himself refused to be interviewed for the show, some of his inner circle members agreed to give a perspective on the topic.
The sequences of action were well organized and came together as a full circle. However, the only drawback for this series is that fifty per cent of the content was in French, so it was tough to keep up with the action as well as simultaneously read the captions.
Unlike many other docuseries, I felt that this series was unbiased because Mr Strauss’s lawyer at that time came in and gave his perspective on the issue. Although the accused could not give his perspective, the content was balanced and gave equal importance to both sides.
Room 2806 was engaging throughout and there were a few suspenseful moments. In just a span of four hours, we got a clear picture of this case and an insight into MrStrauss-Kahn life and the incident that changed everything.
Stream it Or Skip it?
Stream it! Room 2806 is a short and interesting watch, much like a lot of Netflix’s docuseries. Moreover, it was quite insightful to see how cases and accusations on such high profile people are dealt with.
Room 2806: The Accusation is streaming on Netflix.
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