WOMEN IN BLUE

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Showings

Shake & Co Sat, Jul 25 8:30 PM
Shake & Co Fri, Sep 4 8:30 PM

Description

Filmed from 2017-2019, 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. Could increased gender equity and more women -especially women of color- contribute to greater public safety?

WOMEN IN BLUE offers an unprecedented view into the inner workings of the MPD, chronicling a department-and a community-grappling with racism and troubled history of police misconduct. Shot just a year before the killing of George Floyd by MPD officers on May 25, 2020, the film becomes a surreal chronicle of the tension building in the city like a powder keg. WOMEN IN BLUE reveals the limitations of police reform through incremental change and asks questions that apply well beyond the city of Minneapolis.