Saturday, September 28

Boston Women's Film Festival 2019Special Events Archive

BWFF: Blowin’ Up

BOSTON WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL

Directed by Stephanie Wang-Breal (USA, 2018, 94 min). Documentary Feature

When a woman leaves her pimp, it’s called “blowin’ up.” And in Blowin’ Up, director Stephanie Wang-Breal zooms in on an experimental court in Queens that focuses on advocating for, rather than bringing to trial, women brought in on prostitution- and human trafficking-related charges, encouraging them to exit “the life.” In this courtroom, after they complete a series of mandatory counseling sessions, defendants see their charges sealed and dismissed. As the film illuminates the setbacks and triumphs they confront during this process, it also reveals the external pressures that channel these women, some of the community’s most vulnerable, into prostitution.

With unparalleled access to the inner workings of the court and the incredible women behind this compassionate approach to criminal justice, Wang-Breal captures the tenuous ecosystem that has developed in this particular Queens courtroom. Balancing intimate insight into counseling sessions with observations of the daily dramas that play out in and around the court, Blowin’ Up is a gorgeous cinematic immersion into the human side of the justice system. — Description courtesy of the Tribeca Film Festival.

“A true justice league of wonder women in action.”
Hollywood Reporter

“Discreetly eavesdropping on counseling sessions as clients divulge often heartbreaking personal details, the filmmakers eschew narration in favor of a more fragmented, naturalistic approach.”
– Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

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