Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
ROAD SHOW SUMMER SERIES
"Blowin' Up" (94 min)
Directed by Stephanie Wang-Breal
July 19, 2018 at Full Frame Theater (Durham, NC)
Film starts at 7:30 pm, Doors open at 7:00 pm
In 2004, the United States' first problem-solving court around prostitution was created in Queens County, New York. With unparalleled access to the workings of the court, presided over by the Honorable Toko Serita, Blowin' Up captures what it feels like to go through these criminal proceedings as a female defendant. The overwhelming majority of women arrested are undocumented Asian immigrants, black, Latina, and transgender youth. As the film unfolds, we hear directly from these women and we begin to understand the complex scenarios that bring them into the courtroom. Director Stephanie Wang-Breal's patient filmmaking documents how individuals can work together to create more humane ways to navigate an inhumane criminal justice system, and allows us to witness this unique environment as an unfiltered, immersive experience.