Women In Blue (Work In Progress)

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General Public:FREE
Film Info
Program:MSPIFF Encore
Virtual Cinema
We the People: Required Watching
Women Directors
Minnesota Made
Release Year:2020
Runtime:83 min
Director:Deirdre Fishel
Executive Producer:Sally Jo Fifer
Gini Reticker
Lois Vossen
Producer:Beth Levison
Deirdre Fishel
Cinematographer:Tom Bergmann
Editor:Sunita Prasad
Christopher White (co-editor)
Composer:Chad Cannon


MSP Film Society presents a special FREE encore screening of the MSPIFF39 Redefined Closing Presentation, Women In Blue. This screening is part of the MSP Film Society's programming initiative, We the People: Required Watching, designed to spark conversation around current events and issues of social impact affecting our community, country and world. This event and series is generously supported by the GEORGE FAMILY FOUNDATION. All We the People online discussions are generously supported by Kelly and Mike Palmer.

Screening: Sunday, June 28 for 24 hours, starting at 11:00 AM. Registration is FREE, limited to 1,000 and available on a first-come, first served basis.

Reserve your FREE ticket by clicking the button: RESERVE TICKET on this page.

To watch the movie return to this page between June 28 at 11:00am-June 29 at 11:00am and click on the button: CLICK TO WATCH. You will have 24 hours to finish watching the movie once you start viewing.

Conversation: June 29, 7:00pm. MSP Film Programmer Craig Laurence Rice will moderate a conversation with Director Deirdre Fishel, film subject Catherine “CJ” Johnson, Minneapolis City Council Member Alondra Cano, Civil Rights Attorney and Activist Nekima Levy Armstrong, and former Minneapolis City Council Member Ralph Remington about the ongoing efforts of police reform and women's roles in leadership and community safety.


About the Film

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. After a high-profile, officer-involved shooting forces Chief Harteau to resign, the new, male chief selects only men as his top brass.

Women In Blue offers an unprecedented view into the inner workings of the Minneapolis Police Department (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 women of color—contribute to greater public safety?