Film in the Community featuring WOMEN IN BLUE
Please join Rocky Mountain Women’s Film for a free screening of WOMEN IN BLUE. The Film in the Community Series is generously sponsored by the Bee Vradenburg Foundation.
Filmed from 2017-2020, WOMEN IN BLUE follows Minneapolis’ first female police chief Janeé Harteau, as she works to reform the Minneapolis Police Department by getting rid of bad cops, retraining the rest, diversifying the ranks and promoting women—who statistically use less force than their male counterparts—into every rank of leadership. The film focuses on four women in Harteau’s department, each trying to redefine what it means to protect and serve. After a high-profile, officer-involved shooting forces Chief Harteau to resign, the new, male chief selects only men as his top brass. The women left behind, must grapple with working to rebuild community trust, in a department where women have lost power.
WOMEN IN BLUE offers an unprecedented view into the inner workings of the MPD, chronicling a department—and a community—grappling with racism and a troubled history of police misconduct long before an MPD officer killed George Floyd in May of 2020. The film reveals the limitations of police reform through incremental change and asks questions that apply well beyond the city of Minneapolis. Could increased gender equity and more women —especially Black women — contribute to greater public safety?
The film is FREE and available to watch online, at your convenience, between May 24-27.
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An Evening with Deirdre Fishel, Executive Director and Producer of WOMEN IN BLUE
RMWF is proud to offer a live conversation with Deirdre Fishel, the Director and Producer of WOMEN IN BLUE. After streaming the film at your convenience, please plan to attend this conversation on Thursday, May 27th at 7pm (live, online event). This event is free and open to the public.
Fishel is a producer/director of documentaries and dramas that have premiered in competition at Sundance, SXSW, AFI and Full Frame and been broadcast in 35 countries worldwide. Fishel’s 2016 documentary CARE, which looks at the poignant but hidden world of home elder care, and exposes America’s broken care system, was funded by the Ford and MacArthur Foundations and broadcast on America Reframed. Previous credits include the groundbreaking documentary STILL DOING IT: The Intimate Lives of Women Over 65 and a web documentary SUICIDE ON CAMPUS produced in conjunction with the New York Times magazine. Fishel is an Associate Professor and the director of the BFA in Film/Video at the City College of New York.
Event: An Evening with Deirdre Fishel
Event Date: Thursday, May 27th at 7pm
Event number: 120 920 3676
Event password: RMWF2021