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DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

BLOWIN' UP

Directed by Stephanie Wang-Breal
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 94 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE BLOWIN' UP
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6:30 PM - SAT 4/21
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3:00 PM - SUN 4/22
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5:15 PM - MON 4/23
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When a woman leaves her pimp, it’s called “blowin’ up.” And in Blowin’ Up, director Stephanie Wang-Breal zooms in on an experimental court in Queens that focuses on advocating for, rather than bringing to trial, women brought in on prostitution- and human trafficking-related charges, encouraging them to exit “the life.” In this courtroom, after they complete a series of mandatory counseling sessions, defendants see their charges sealed and dismissed. As the film illuminates the setbacks and triumphs they confront during this process, it also reveals the external pressures that channel these women, some of the community’s most vulnerable, into prostitution.

With unparalleled access to the inner workings of the court and the incredible women behind this compassionate approach to criminal justice, Wang-Breal captures the tenuous ecosystem that has developed in this particular Queens courtroom. Balancing intimate insight into counseling sessions with observations of the daily dramas that play out in and around the court, Blowin' Up is a gorgeous cinematic immersion into the human side of the justice system.

—Ian Hollander
New York, Experimental, Documentary, Female Director(s), NY Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s), Asian American Director(s)
About the Director(s)
Stephanie Wang-Breal is the award-winning director of three feature-length films: Wo Ai Ni Mommy (I Love You, Mommy), Tough Love, and Blowin’ Up. Wang-Breal also directs commercials, sits on the board of the New York Women's Foundation, and is the mother of two kids.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Documentary Competition
  • Year:
    2018
  • Length:
    94 minutes
  • Language:
    English, Japanese, Mandarin
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Stephanie Wang-Breal
  • Producer:
    Carrie Weprin
  • Screenwriter:
    Stephanie Wang-Breal
  • Cinematographer:
    Erik Shirai
  • Editor:
    Jonathan Oppenheim
  • Composer:
    Dan Michaelson
  • Executive Producers:
    Patty Quillin, Blaine Vess, Eric & Susan Fredston-Hermann, Agnès Mentre, David Panda Lee
  • Associate Producer:
    Daniel Claridge
  • Cast:
    Hon. Toko Serita, Eliza Hook, Susan Liu, Catherine Carbonaro, Leigh Latimer

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