Before murder of George Floyd, female Minneapolis Police officers pushed for change
COMING TO PBS… ONE FILMMAKER HAD EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO THE MINNEAPOLIS POLICE DEPARTMENT IN THE YEARS LEADING UP TO THE SHOOTING OF GEORGE FLOYD – THE ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARY (COMPLETED IN FALL 2020) WOMEN IN BLUE IS THE RESULT – DO NOT MISS THIS!
FROM DIRECTOR DEIRDRE FISHEL
In the years leading up to the murder of George Floyd, four female Minneapolis Police Officers believe gender equity in the force can change the culture of policing in a department that would soon become a worldwide emblem of state violence.
WOMEN IN BLUE AT TOP FILM FESTIVALS
Official Selection – Tribeca Film Festival 2020
Official Selection – AFI Docs 2020
Official Selection – Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival 2020
Official Selection – St. Louis International Film Festival 2020
Official Selection – Denver Film Festival 2020
Official Selection – DOC NYC 2020
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 continue to fight to police differently and to rebuild community trust.
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?
WOMEN IN BLUE will broadcast on PBS television series Independent Lens series on Monday, February 8, 2021