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DEAD WOMEN WALKING

Directed by Hagar Ben-Asher
FEATURE NARRATIVE 100 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE DEAD WOMEN WALKING
Told through nine moving vignettes, each anchored by a subtle, yet overwhelming performance, Dead Women Walking traces the final days of a series of women on death row, from two weeks before one inmate’s execution to mere minutes before another’s. As these narratives develop, the human toll of the death penalty—not only on the women convicted of violent crimes, but also on their families, prison officials, and ministers and counselors coaching them through their final days—comes into clear focus. There’s Wendy, for example, whose mother declines to visit her the day before her execution; Helen, who meets her 18-year-old son (Moonlight’s Ashton Sanders) for the first time since he was adopted shortly after her imprisonment; and Celine, who watches a documentary about her case and conviction while having her last meal.

Looming over Dead Women Walking are two questions: Why did they do it? And, more implicit and rarely asked: How does society grapple with women’s violence? There’s little clemency to be found for viewer and subjects in director Hagar Ben-Asher’s unflinching, nuanced film, which sheds light on the death penalty by using these microscopic narratives to ask macroscopic questions.

—Liza Domnitz
Drama, Female Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s)
About the Director(s)
Born in Israel, Hagar Ben-Asher received a film degree from the Minshar School of Art in 2007. Her film, Pathways, premiered at the Cinéfondation in Cannes in 2007. Her feature debut, The Slut, which she wrote, directed, and starred in, also premiered at Cannes, and, in 2016, she released her most recent feature film, The Burglar.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Viewpoints
  • Year:
    2018
  • Length:
    100 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Hagar Ben Asher
  • Producer:
    Clara Levy, Lorne Hiltser, Michael M. McGuire
  • Screenwriter:
    Hagar Ben Asher
  • Cinematographer:
    David Stragmeister
  • Executive Producer:
    Patrick Holzman, Philippe Haim, David Gitlis
  • Co-Producer:
    Marina Stabile
  • US Distributor:
    blackpills
  • Cast:
    Dale Dickey, Dot Marie Jones, Lynn Collins, Colleen Camp, June Carryl, and Ashton Sanders.

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