Women In Blue
Film On Demand

Women in Blue

April 5–26 | programmed with the Police Violence Symposium

This event occurred as part of the 20/21 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

With calls for police reform resonating around the country, this new documentary shines a spotlight on the women within the Minneapolis Police Department.

20/21 Hop Film

The Police Violence Symposium (April 5–11) is an international conference featuring 50+ artists, activists, alumni, students and scholars exploring this complex, global and urgent issue. Register for the Symposium for full access and session information.

When you rent the film, you will have through Mon, Apr 26 to watch it.
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Filmed between 2017-2020, Women offers a compelling, unprecedented view inside the inner workings of the Minneapolis Police Department. It follows the city's' first female police chief Janeé Harteau, as she works to reform the MPD 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.

This unflinching study chronicles 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. Women 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? D: Deirdre Fishel, US, 2020, 1h28m

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