Women in Blue


Digital Screening Room Mon, May 4, 2020 12:00 PM
Digital Screening Room Sat, May 23, 2020 11:00 AM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00
Film Info
Festival Programs:Special Presentations
Minnesota Made
Women & Film
Women Directors
Minnesota Made
Release Year:2020
Runtime:83 min
Director:Deirdre Fishel
Executive Producer:Abigail E. Disney
Sally Jo Fifer
Gini Reticker
Lois Vossen
Producer:Beth Levison
Cinematographer:Tom Bergmann
Editor:Sunita Prasad
Christopher White (co-editor)
Composer:Chad Cannon


Available to Watch Saturday, May 23 ONLY from 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM | Access to MSPIFF39 Redefined is geo-restricted to viewers in Minnesota and a MN billing address is required to purchase a ticket.

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Following three female police officers in Minneapolis, Women in Blue charts their progress and efforts to remake the department to become more inclusive. When the killing of Justine Damond results in the forced resignation of Chief Harteau, it threatens the gains women have made in the department.

Director Diedre Fishel follows Cmdr. Melissa Chiodo, the first woman head of Special Crimes; Sgt. Alice White, who leads procedural justice trainings; and rookie Officer Erin Grabosky who works the night patrol. Eager to be great police officers, under Chief Janée Harteau they see women take the reins. When Harteau resigns and Medaria Arradondo takes control and assigns men to be the top officers, it seems as though the department is taking steps backwards. Fishel’s film captures the frustrations--and the hopes--of these officers who believe that gender equity is one of the key elements to reducing police violence.

Director Biography

Deirdre Fishel

Deirdre Fishel began her career at WNYC-TV and is the director of the feature film Risk (1993), and the documentary Care (2016), about elder care in America. Women in Blue (2020) is her most recent documentary.

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