WOMEN IN BLUE
TAFFNY VIRTUAL CINEMA
JUNE 22, 2021. Available from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Followed by a live-streamed Q&A with award-winning director Deirdre Fishel @ 8:15pm
Moderated by Professor Andrea Weiss
ORIGINAL TITLE: Women in Blue
DIRECTOR: Deirdre Fishel
Date completed: 2020
Film Category: Documentary
Length of Film: 85 min
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. It 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?
Deirdre 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. She started her career at WNYC-TV where she produced a half-hour program on women community organizers working to save the South Bronx, and went on to write/direct RISK, a dramatic feature, which premiered in competition at Sundance and was broadcast in 35 countries.
Fishel currently serves as the Director of the BFA in Film/Video at the City College of New York. Her life's goal is to create complex, realistic portraits that challenge mainstream stereotypes and work to improve lives.